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ASEAN & Countering Chinese IndoPacific Expansion



Facts:

  • Previously a leader in the region, the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral regional trade agreement that excluded China, has cost the United States much of its authority and leadership in the region. This has fuelled the opportunity for China to build its regional influence.

Issue:

Should Australia leverage its relationship with ASEAN to counter growing Chinese influence in South-East Asia and the South Pacific?


Sources:


  1. The Strategist, ‘Southeast Asia comes to Sydney: Meeting, message, meaning & mateship

  2. Sydney Morning Herald, ‘How a worried Australia should deal with a mighty and demanding China

  3. The Strategist, ‘Duterte: a bull in a China shop

  4. The Australian, ‘Phillipines leader Rodrigo Duterte the latest no-show for ASEAN-Australia Summit

  5. The Strategist, ‘Tiptoeing around the nine-dash line: Southeast Asia after ASEAN

  6. Gareth Evans, ‘Middle Power Diplomacy

  7. Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Donald Trump’s tough guy theatrics no match for China’s economic weapons

  8. The Australian, ‘Australian trade and investment to benefit from Belt and Road

  9. Lowy Institute, ‘Global Diplomacy Index

  10. The Guardian, ‘Australia seen as America's deputy sheriff


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