ASEAN and the BRI: The utility of equidistant diplomacy with China and the US

Hiro Katsumata, Shingo Nagata

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Abstract

The aim of the present study is to shed light on the diplomatic achievements of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), by exploring the way in which it has dealt with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) implemented by China. ASEAN is little more than an association of minor powers with insignificant military and economic capabilities. However, in its dealings with the BRI, it has proactively advanced its own interests by skillfully conducting equidistant diplomacy with China and the US, without becoming too remote from or too close to either one of them, thereby reaping benefits from its favorable relations with each of them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-348
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Journal of Peacebuilding
Volume7
Issue number2 Special Issue
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • China
  • One Belt One Road
  • United States
  • ‌Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations

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