Asia-Pacific International Relations

  • China’s Strategic Calculus toward Southeast Asia (10/2/2018) - I have published a new article on China-Southeast Asia relations in the Fall 2018 issue of The Washington Quarterly. Here is an abstract: A conventional wisdom among many international observers holds that China’s recent strategy toward Southeast Asia is self-defeating because its assertiveness in the South China Sea has reignited regional fears of China’s power … Continue reading
  • The China–North Korea relationship: more of the same (4/12/2018) - When Kim Jong-un visited Beijing in late March, the world took notice. That was Kim’s first visit to China—and his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping—since he became North Korea’s ruler in December 2011.
  • Is China changing its strategy towards North Korea? (4/5/2018) - Something paradoxical has happened in Chinese thinking about North Korea. US President Donald Trump’s impulsive decision to accept North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s invitation to a summit has stunned China, as it has many other countries. But other than South Korea, China should be the country most elated about such a summit.
  • China’s Policy Towards Southeast Asia During Xi Jinping’s Second Term (1/7/2018) - No major change is likely to occur in China’s policy towards Southeast Asia in Xi’s second term, but the perceived policy success during his first term and a new confidence are likely to generate a new push to achieve even greater gains. Read China’s Policy Towards Southeast Asia during Xi Jinping’s Second Term (EAI Bulletin Nov … Continue reading
  • Learning lessons, not scoring points, from the Doklam standoff (9/7/2017) - The 10-week-long standoff between Chinese and Indian forces in the Doklam region of the Himalayas was peacefully resolved on 28 August. This is a victory for diplomacy on both sides. The temptation to score points and declare winners and losers is, however, hard to resist. Analysts from both China and India, as well as other … Continue reading
  • Is a second Sino-Indian border war imminent? (8/10/2017) - The Sino-Indian standoff in the Doklam (Donglang in Chinese) region of the Himalayas where the borders of China, India and Bhutan converge is now nearly two months old. The dispute arose in mid-June when China attempted to build a road in an area it believed to be under its sovereign control, provoking Indian authorities to block the construction by crossing the Sino-Indian border with troops and bulldozers. Continue reading
  • Can China take advantage of America’s strategic deficit in Asia—and mind its own, too? (6/15/2017) - America’s strategic deficit in the Asia–Pacific region was in plain sight during the recent Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Although North Korea was a key concern for all participants, many—especially those from Southeast Asia and Australia—found China’s strategic intention a more serious long-term challenge than North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles program. But this year, with the new Trump administration in Washington, they couldn’t count on the US to alleviate their anxiety. Continue reading
  • Is Australia Becoming an Appendage of the US Rebalance? (5/26/2016) - Australia is important to China’s strategic landscape because of its role as a close military ally of the US. It is seen by many inside China as the “southern anchor” of America’s alliance system in the Asia-Pacific region. Yet, when compared with Japan, the “northern anchor” of this system, Australia has never generated the same … Continue reading
  • DWP 2016: China, Australia and the US rebalance? (5/4/2016) - Australia enters China’s strategic landscape because of its role as a close military ally of the US. It’s seen by many inside China as the ‘southern anchor’ of America’s alliance system in the Asia–Pacific region. Yet, when compared with Japan, the ‘northern anchor’ of this system, Australia has never generated the same amount of frustration … Continue reading
  • “US Foreign Policy in the Asia Pacific,” in Michael Cox and Doug Stokes, eds., US Foreign Policy, 3rd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). Tags: Asia-Pacific International Relations
  • “Structure and Agency in the Formation of Sovereign Statehood in East Asia,” H-Diplo/ISSF Roundtable Reviews, Vol. VII, No. 5 (November 2014), pp. 10-13. Tags: Asia-Pacific International Relations


Feng Zhang is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University’s Department of International Relations, Deputy Director (Higher Degree by Research) of the ANU’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, and a member of the executive committee of the Australian Centre on China in the World based at the ANU. His research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, Asia-Pacific security, and international relations theory. He is also Adjunct Professor at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies in China.

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