Published on: September 23, 2014
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ASEAN-China Relations: Building a Common Destiny?

Strengthened ties between China and Southeast Asian countries have inspired much optimism, but fundamental asymmetries between them still threaten these new relationships.

Bilahari Kausikan is former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore.
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  • Duperray

    I think that sentences and meaning of this 2014 essay would exactly fit the 1870 situation of another large area, Americas with the emerging US power struggling to establish its “own yard exposed to Sun” in a detrimental way for the previous dominator, Spain. This country was militarily weak and a short war fixed the issue: Spain discovering then it had currently little benefit from this large continent domination (probably by lack of home capital generation), the time of gold galions was over.
    But in Asia, US is not weak and this is an explosive situation.

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