Chinese Capitalism and the Development of the ASEAN Economic Community: A Perspective of Desecuritization

  • Hsing-Chou Sung


This chapter provides a literature review of the rise of China in Southeast Asia using a framework of desecuritization to investigate China’s desecuritization strategies for reshaping its external environment of development and integrating into the regional economy. The chapter includes three sections. The first is an overview of the studies of desecuritization and Chinese capitalism, including important critiques that challenge assumptions, methods, and assertions. The second section investigates the development of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) and the desecuritizing strategies used by Beijing in each phase of development and examines the theoretical and practical possibilities for desecuritization. The third is an analysis of how China’s economic participants have desecuritized a threating atmosphere in Southeast Asia since the 1990s, particularly with regard to the AEC and Chinese capitalism.


AEC Chinese capitalism Desecuritization China threat One belt one road OBOR 


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  • Hsing-Chou Sung
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceTunghai UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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