China-Southeast Asian relations : purpose versus disunity?

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China’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is driven by a strategic logic. It responds to the challenges of securing raw materials crucial to China’s economic development, of cementing growing political-economic ties with Southeast Asian nations, of alleviating their fear of a rising China, and of ensuring a peaceful and stable surrounding environment to buttress China’s increasing international influence. China meets the first two challenges through the China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the latter two challenges through its participation in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegional outlook: Southeast Asia 2012-2013
PublisherISEAS Publishing
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9789814379809
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


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