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Southeast Asia’s American embrace

29 Mar 2012
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Like Australia, Southeast Asian states worry about a future where their major economic partner may come into conflict with their security guarantor.

All Southeast Asian states want to take advantage of the benefits of a rising China, yet none wants it to be in a position to dominate the region strategically. All welcome America’s strategic 'pivot' towards Asia because they hope it will provide a counterbalance to China’s growing weight. But like Australia, Southeast Asian states worry about a future where their major economic partner may come into conflict with their security guarantor. Southeast Asian countries have very different histories and relationships with the United States and China. But the uniformity with which they now welcome America’s engagement in their region is striking.

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2012
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