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 and mistrust of its intentions. This is not Beijing’s judgment. Its assessment is instead that assertiveness has not engendered a regional backlash detrimental to China’s interests. On the contrary, China has been consolidating strategic gains since July 2016. Chinese officials attribute their overall success in Southeast Asia to a new composite strategy of conditional reassurance that combines reassurance with coercion in a Chinese-style dialecticism.
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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.