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The Deer and the Dragon

Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century

Donald K. Emmerson



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Asia/Pacific Research Center, Div of The Institute for International Studies
30 December 2019
Southeast Asia is arguably the most diverse region in the world. Accordingly, rather than addressing one list of questions, the contributors to this volume have-as experts on Southeast Asia-China relations-explored the matters they see as most important and most deserving of exploration and exposure. After the editor's introduction, the chapters proceed in pairs. Each pair and a closing chapter cover a distinctive theme in Southeast Asia's interactions with China.

Featured among the historical and economic contexts needed to understand the interactions are security and development as Chinese goals and how diversified beyond China Southeast Asia's trading partners are. Southeast Asian and Chinese perceptions of each other are examined using survey research and by asking whether China views the region as its strategic backyard. Two actual or intended expansions are analyzed: expanded Chinese sovereignty over the South China Sea and Beijing's interest in using overseas Chinese to expand its influence in the region. The chapters on strategies lay out the very different ways of approaching China preferred by Singapore and Indonesia. Rather than documenting the obvious inequalities of size and power between China on the one hand and Cambodia and Laos on the other, the essays on disparities show how relations with China interact with asymmetries inside these two states. Policy implications of differing distances are drawn in the pieces on how Southeast Asia's proximity to China affects the prospect of Chinese regional dominance as compared with far-off America's role and as seen through the lens of Beijing's far-flung Maritime Silk Road. A final chapter on a seventh theme features a Myanmar analyst's retrospection on myths and illusions that have arisen to cloud how that country's relations with China are interpreted, with possible implications for understanding Sino-Southeast Asian dealings with China more broadly.

Not for sale in the following countries: Southeast Asia (10 ASEAN countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), Japan, India, China, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand.
Edited by:   Donald K. Emmerson
Imprint:   Asia/Pacific Research Center, Div of The Institute for International Studies
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   333g
ISBN:   9781931368537
ISBN 10:   1931368538
Pages:   386
Publication Date:   30 December 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Donald K. Emmerson is Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. Emmerson is also affiliated faculty member with Stanford's Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rules of Law, and an affiliated scholar with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

Reviews for The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century

The book is certainly useful for understanding the various dimensions of China-Southeast Asia relations. - Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

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