East Asia Strategic Responses to the Rise of China, 2011-16
Date February 11, 2019 Time 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. Venue ICS Seminar Room, 4th Floor, Block B, IPS Building, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur Language English
A careful review of the field reveals that relatively few systematic (non-anecdotal) and categorical studies have been conducted on the variant mode of responses to the rise of China by individual states in East Asia and that even fewer studies dealt with intra-regional variations and reasons for such variation. This study seeks to fill the void by looking at the variant mode of strategic responses by 15 East Asian states (9 ASEAN states excluding Brunei, Australia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan) to the rise of China for the period of 2011-2016 (i.e. a period of an “assertive China” but not yet with the “Trump variable” in operation). The research is conducted in two phases. First, by way of reading into the pertinent publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and looking at China-centered events for the period of 2011-2016, strategic responses of the 15 East Asian states are identified and categorized. Second, statistical analyses are conducted to see how the intro regional variations are related to unit-level variables. Very interesting, though preliminary, results have come up (please come and find out!).