The Balance of Power in Asia-Pacific Security: US-China Policies on Regional Order

1st Edition

Liselotte Odgaard

Routledge
Published April 15, 2009
Reference - 276 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415547024 - CAT# Y102456
Series: Politics in Asia

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Summary

Investigating the dynamics of balancing patterns in the Asia-Pacific, this book focuses particularly on the contribution of great powers and middle powers to regional stability. Taking the US and China as great powers, and using ASEAN, Russia, Australia and South Korea as example of middle powers, the author addresses the following questions:

  • Do middle powers influence balancing patterns in the Asia-Pacific?
  • Are the United States and China balancing each other in the Asia-Pacific, and if so, by which means?
  • What is the contribution of the English school to understanding balance of power dynamics?

The Balance of Power in Asia-Pacific Security makes a persuasive contribution to the debate on the US-China relationship. Interviews with policy practitioners and academics in the region offer a systematic analysis of the complexities of Asia-Pacific security.

Providing conceptual insights, this book gives a fresh understanding of the mechanisms necessary to maintain regional stability and explains the implications of US-China power balancing for global security. It will be an important resource for scholars and students of Asia-Pacific politics and security.

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