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Under Beijing's Shadow: Southeast Asia's China Challenge

  • ISBN-13: 9781442281387
  • Author: <p>Six hundred million people, three trillion dollar economy and strategic location - all reasons to pay close attention to Southeast Asia. This has been accomplished in fine fashion by Murray Hiebert. What sets him apart is he observes as a journalist, elicits facts, and reports them. You feel the growing influence of China on all aspects of Southeast Asia life... security, infrastructure, finance. Murray outlines the difficult choices each of the ten nations have as they wrestle with the promise and challenge of the bulk of China. Who better to do this than someone with 45 years of experience in the region? This book matters.</p> <p>-- Richard Armitage, former assistant secretary of State<br /> The next century will be defined by geopolitical competition in Asia and answering the &#39;China Challenge.&#39; Murray Hiebert does a terrific job of examining the history and the importance of a region that will be critical to US national and economic security. This work will help to develop a better model of engaging and thinking critically about Southeast Asia and China for scholars and policymakers alike. His work is clear: the future of the West will be met in the East. -- U.S. Senator Cory Gardner<br /> Murray Hiebert weaves together a compelling and comprehensive portrait of Southeast Asia&#39;s complex relationship with China. This book draws on both historical context and recent developments to provide valuable insight into the balancing acts by regional governments seeking both benefits and protection from their powerful northern neighbor. &quot;Under Beijing&#39;s Shadow&quot; is an indispensable and enlightening read for anyone who seeks to understand this important region at a moment when major powers are increasingly vying for influence and access. -- Danny Russel, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific<br /> Murray Hiebert has done a great deal of research for this book that widens, deepens and updates his already extensive knowledge of China&#39;s activities in Southeast Asia. The book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the successes and shortcomings of China&#39;s attempt to dominate its neighborhood to the south -- Dennis Blair, former U.S. director of national intelligence and former commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific<br /> This book is an extensive take on the geopolitical milieu of Southeast Asia in the face of China&#39;s aggressive expansion. It is an engaging take on the existing balance of power in Southeast Asia and is an essential read for those who want to dive deeper into the region&#39;s political narrative. -- Albert del Rosario, former Philippine secretary of foreign affairs<br /> This fine book illuminates the economic, geopolitical and strategic challenges facing SE Asia, as China&#39;s bilateral preferences increasingly influence each nation&#39;s domestic and foreign policies, undermining a concerted regional response, and United States positioning inspires little long-term confidence. The most economically dynamic part of the world hangs in the balance. -- Charlene Barshevsky, former U.S. Trade Representative<br /> A significant and valuable work on a complex subject matter with resonance far beyond the region. Illuminating.<br /> <br /> -- Marty Natalegawa, former Indonesian foreign minister<br /> Having lived and worked in Southeast Asia as a journalist for more than two decades, Murray Hiebert has skillfully drawn on his personal experience there as well as his contacts with regional government and academic leaders to produce a fascinating analysis of how differences in history, religion, economics, and geographic proximity to China have shaped the diverse views that the ten nations comprising ASEAN have of China today. Under Beijing&#39;s Shadow: Southeast Asia&#39;s China Challenge is an invaluable roadmap for policy makers and business leader to understand and respond to the opportunities and risks that confront the region that currently is the world&#39;s fastest growing consumer market.<br /> <br /> -- Carla Hills, former U.S. Trade Representative</p>
  • Price: AUD $60.99
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  • Local release date: 02/02/2021
  • Format: Paperback (229mm X 152mm) 608 pages Weight: 1080g
  • Categories: Society & social sciences [J]Politics & government [JP]International relations [JPS]

Chinas rise and stepped-up involvement in Southeast Asia have prompted a blend of anticipation and unease among its smaller neighbors. The stunning growth of China has yanked up the regions economies, but its militarization of the South China Sea and dam building on the Mekong River has nations wary about Beijings outsized ambitions. Southeast Asians long felt relatively secure, relying on the United States as a security hedge, but that confidence began to slip after the Trump administration launched a trade war with China and questioned the usefulness of traditional alliances. This compelling book provides a snapshot of ten countries in Southeast Asia by exploring their diverse experiences with China and how this impacts their perceptions of Beijings actions and its long-term political, economic, military, and "soft power" goals in the region.

Murray Hiebert is a senior associate of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He earlier served as senior adviser and deputy director of the CSIS Southeast Asia Program. Prior to joining CSIS, Hiebert was senior director for Southeast Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Earlier, he was a journalist in the China bureau of the Wall Street Journal. Prior to his posting to Beijing, he worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review in Washington, reporting on U.S.-Asia relations. From 1995 to 1999, he was based in Kuala Lumpur for the Far Eastern Economic Review. In the early 1990s, he was based in Hanoi for the Review. He joined the Reviews Bangkok bureau in 1986, covering developments in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Hiebert is the author of two books on Vietnam, Chasing the Tigers (Kodansha, 1996) and Vietnam Notebook (Review Publishing, 1993).



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