Report

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

Publisher
International relations Diplomacy Defence China Japan Philippines Vietnam Indo-Pacific Region
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.
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