ASEAN-related regional arrangements, China, and the US rebalancing

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Chung offers a description and analysis of the US involvement in Southeast Asia, particularly its roles and influences in regional arrangements led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), arising from US President Obama’s “pivot” or “rebalance” to Asia. The chapter portrays Southeast Asia as a site of strategic and economic contestation between the USA and China, as Southeast Asian countries consider China to be an economic opportunity yet also a security concern, especially vis-à-vis sovereignty disputes over islands in the South China Sea, and desire a US presence to balance China. Since this is also an important aim of the US “rebalance,” the USA welcomes ASEAN’s invitation to participate in the East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum, and ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting Plus.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAsia Pacific Countries and the US Rebalancing Strategy
EditorsDavid W. F. HUANG
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan US
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781349934539
ISBN (Print)9781137587978
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
EventUS Rebalancing Strategy and Asia’s Responses - Institute of European and American Studies (IEAS), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 21 Aug 201422 Aug 2014


ConferenceUS Rebalancing Strategy and Asia’s Responses
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


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