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The role of Southeast Asia in U.S. strategy toward China
Sokolsky, Richard.
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Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 2000.
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xviii, 92 pages ; 23 cm
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1720 Lexile.
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China's geopolitical ambitions and growing military capabilities and theSoutheast Asian states' perceptions of a rising China will play a crucial role in shaping the future of Southeast Asia and the U.S. military posture in the region. The authors examine the role of regional states in developing a hedge against the possible emergence of an overly aggressive China. They find that rather than confronting a conventional attack, theUnited States and the Southeast Asian countries are likely to find a continuation of China's creeping irredentism and ambiguous threats. Southeast Asia is likely to prove a critical testing ground for a third way of dealing with China's rising power--what in other RAND work has been called a policy of congagement--that seeks to integrate China into theinternational system while both deterring and preparing for a possible Chinese challenge.The report recommends that the United States adopt an incremental approach to this hedging strategy, focusing on peacetime military engagement with Southeast Asian states, development of a more robust and diversified network of access arrangements, and strengthened military ties with the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia,and Vietnam.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figuresp. vii
Tablesp. ix
Summaryp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 U.S. Objectives and Interests in Southeast Asiap. 5
Chapter 3 China's Potential Military Threat to Southeast Asiap. 15
Chapter 4 Asean Perceptions of a Rising Chinap. 29
Chapter 5 Asean Defense Policies and Expendituresp. 43
Chapter 6 Regional Approaches to Security Cooperationp. 57
Chapter 7 The Balancing Role of the United States and the Taiwan Questionp. 63
Chapter 8 Implications for U.S. Strategy and Defense Planningp. 67
Appendix: Illustrative Asian Economic Scenariosp. 81
Selected Bibliographyp. 85