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New Asian Disorder

Rivalries Embroiling the Pacific Century

Sheds new light on the political disorder of Sino-American geopolitics.

The rise of China in recent years is widely regarded as a momentous shift in the global balance of power. China is now extending its sovereignty, constructing a new set of global financial institutions, and replacing “universal values” with technologically enhanced nationalism. In response to China’s challenge, the United States has abandoned its “constructive engagement” policy towards the rising power and engaged in a trade war. This book sheds new light on the current political disorder in the Sino-American relationship, analyzing the disorder from three perspectives: identity, political economy, and the triangular dynamic. This collection of essays concludes that, unless and until consensus can be reached on a coherent new framework for cooperation and rule enforcement among different stakeholders in East Asia, the current disorder may be expected to persist.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii
List of Acronyms ix
List of Contributors xi
1. Disorder under Heaven 1
Lowell Dittmer
Part A: Identities
2. Assessing China’s Public Diplomacy under the Leadership of Xi Jinping in Asia: A Pseudo-panel Analysis 23
Yun-han Chu, Hsin-Che Wu, and Min-Hua Huang
3. Disorder from Within: How the Chinese Public Has Challenged the State on Foreign Policymaking 55
Jing Sun
4. Between Two Orders in the Asia-Pacific: Navigating a Treacherous Reef 75
Jeremy Paltiel
Part B: Strategies
5. China in the Rise and Fall of the “New World Order”: Toward New Inter-imperial Rivalry 93
Ho-fung Hung
6. The Coming of the Economic Warring States? China-USA Rivalry and Asian Disorder in the Age of De-globalization 118
Guoguang Wu
7. US-China Strategic Rivalry: Great Power Competition in the Post-industrial Age 141
Timothy R. Heath
Part C: Triangles
8. Bringing the Strategic Triangle Back: The Role of Small and Medium States in US-PRC Rivalry 167
Yu-Shan Wu
9. Southeast Asia among the Powers 187
Lowell Dittmer
10. A Moderate Phase Transition from Order to Disorder in Asia: The Political Economy of the US-China-Japan Strategic Triangle 218
Ming Wan
11. Conclusion 238
Lowell Dittmer
Index 255

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