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The Strategic Options of Middle Powers in the Asia-Pacific

Chien-Wen Kou

This book analyses the responses of middle powers in the Asia-Pacific toward the contemporary great powers' rivalry of the United States and China, through specific cases studies of South Korea, Australia, Japan, India, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Presenting local perspectives from multiple middle powers as they face the task of maintaining the international order in light of the recent competition between China and the United States, it further develops theories of foreign policy analyses, forming a systematic framework through initiating crucial concepts, including reluctant hedging, economic statecraft, and strategic position-taking. The contributions also provide an in-depth examination of the contemporary geo-politics of the region, including the impact of both the Trump and Biden administrations, Beijing's "Wolf Warrior" diplomacy, cross-strait relations with Taiwan, and the influences of Japan, Vietnam, Australia and South Korea, revealing that regional middle powers do indeed exert influence on the direction of regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

Providing comprehensive studies of many regional powers in the Asia-Pacific, this will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of International Politics, Asian Politics, Asian Studies as well as policy makers on Asia-Pacific relations.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Jan 29th, 2024
  • Pages: 264
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.59in - 0.87lb
  • EAN: 9780367741600
  • Categories: International - Economics & TradeWorld - AsianInternational Relations - General

About the Author

Chien-wen Kou is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Institute of International Relations at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. His research interests include Chinese politics, political elites and comparative communist studies. Recent articles have appeared in China Quarterly, China Journal, and Issues & Studies.

Chiung-Chiu Huang is an Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. She is the author of Harmonious Intervention: China's Quest for Relational Security (2014) and China and International Theory: The Balance of Relationships (Routledge, 2019).

Brian L. Job is Professor Emeritus, Political Science, at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research interests concern the evolving security order of the Asia Pacific, intrastate conf lict, human security, and Canadian foreign and security policies. Recent articles have appeared in International Affairs, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Peacekeeping, and Issues & Studies.

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