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China’s Footprints in Southeast Asia


NUS Press (First Published, 2018)
250 pages including Index


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China’s Footprints in Southeast Asia offers a broader perspective on the interactions between China and the nations of Southeast Asia and concentrates on how the People’s Republic of China has deployed its soft power in its own neighborhood of Southeast Asia. To track China’s “footprints”, the book tackles several theories and case studies that explore how the Chinese government produced, implemented, and negotiated its diplomacy with host countries in Southeast Asia. Almost all the essays in this collection show how China’s present-day soft power efforts are much more heavily focused on economic incentives (or “economic offensives,” as one contributor suggests) than on the ideologies or cultural values mentioned in Nye’s model. This is not to say that organized, well-funded government initiatives will not speed things along, especially over the long term. But large-scale social engineering, while sometimes able to achieve its stated goals, can also have unintended consequences. Few countries have lived out this lesson as well as the originator of the one-child policy and successful survivor of a transition from central communist to socialist market economy. The China watch continues, even as countries in Southeast Asia and beyond now look within as well as without to witness the impact of Chinese soft power outreach.

1. China’s Soft Footprints in Southeast Asia: Accommodation and Contestation
Maria Serena I. Diokno, H. H. Michael Hsiao and Alan Hao Yang

2. China’s Soft Footprint in the Arena of Foreign Policy: Not “Hiding Light” Anymore?
Teng-Chi Chang

3. China’s Economic Offensive and Its Discontent in Southeast Asia: Diminishing Footprints in Myanmar
Ian Tsung-yen Chen

4. The Political Economy of China’s Economic Presence in Malaysia
Ngeow Chow Bing

5. Producing Power: China-Indonesia Cooperation in the Fast Track Program I
Natalia Soebagjo

6. Limits of China’s Aid Diplomacy: Lessons from the Philippines
Dennis D. Trinidad

7. The Re-recognition of Confucianism in Indonesia: An Example of China’s Soft Footprint in Southeast Asia
Yumi Kitamura

8. Confucius Institutes in Southeast Asia: Assessing the New Trends in China’s Soft Diplomacy
H. H. Michael Hsiao and Alan H. Yang

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Weight0.5 kg
Dimensions22.9 × 15.2 × 1.5 cm

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