Two Major Powers in Captivating Regional Influence and Dynamics: Comparing Foreign Policies of China and United States in Southeast Asia

Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal. 2018;4(1):247-272


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Journal Title: Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal

ISSN: 2410-9681 (Online)

Publisher: National Sun Yat-sen University

Society/Institution: Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies

LCC Subject Category: Political science: Political science (General) | Social Sciences: Economic theory. Demography: Economics as a science

Country of publisher: Taiwan, Province of China

Language of fulltext: English

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Affabile Rifawan (Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia)

Novi Amelia (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia)


Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

China and United States, as the biggest economies and major powers in the world, compete for influence and leadership in the Southeast Asian region through different economic integration schemes and geopolitical approaches. This paper attempts to compare the foreign policies of China and the US toward the forms of economic integration and geopolitical approaches in the Southeast Asian region. The authors compare the motivations of major and secondary powers in that region to accept or contest the claims of the US or China. The US is in a more favourable position to demonstrate military power in the region and emphasize human development while China proposed an infrastructure-driven approach, and uses a military approach in the dispute of South China Sea.