Departmental Bulletin Paper Economic Statecraft : An Assessment of China’s Search for Influence in Southeast Asia

Gong, Xue

22 ( 1 )  , pp.1 - 13 , 2017-09 , 大阪大学大学院国際公共政策研究科 , オオサカ ダイガク ダイガクイン コクサイ コウキョウ セイサク ケンキュウカ
In Honor of Prof. Shigeharu NOMURA
In pursuit of bringing Southeast Asia into its supportive circuit, China has seen the potential of economic inducements to be a key instrument in securing its foreign policy and geopolitical goals. Nowhere is this more evident than in Southeast Asia where China’s economic statecraft is reflected in its infrastructure investment. China’s infrastructure for influence brings the unique pattern of China-Southeast Asia relations, yielding a degree of success as China has established its economic status in the region. However, China’s offensive charm that aims to assuage the fears and anxiety of its southern neighbors is constrained by its capacity of mobilizing overseas ventures by SOEs into serving foreign policy goals.

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