Report

The perception gap: reading China's maritime objectives in Indo-Pacific Asia

23 Jun 2015
Description

In this Lowy Institute Report Nonresident Fellows Linda Jakobson and Rory Medcalf identify both the real differences in interests between China and other powers in the Indo-Pacific, but also the sharp divergences in perceptions regarding China’s maritime strategic objectives.

Key findings

  • Regional security is being adversely affected by a worsening perception gap between China and other regional powers in the Indo-Pacific.
  • What China sees as the legitimate defence of its interests others in the region see as assertive behaviour.
  • There are some real differences in interests between China and other regional players in the Indo-Pacific, but tensions can also be moderated by efforts to address the perception gap.
Publication Details
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2015
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