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China’s Inchoate Hegemony: Small Powers’ Struggle for Autonomy

  • Richard Javad Heydarian
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Abstract

The chapter looks at the role of smaller powers, especially in Southeast Asia, in shaping the emerging security architecture in the Indo-Pacific. Instead of being pawns of superpowers, many regional states are proactively balancing their relations with external partners and dynamically protecting their cherished strategic autonomy. It looks at how key figures such as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad are pursuing various forms of equilateral balancing strategy in order to protect their national interests and autonomy amid the brewing Cold War between the United States and China. It also looks at the strategies of Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia, as well as the growing footprint of a resurgent Russia in the Indo-Pacific. The chapter questions the validity of the myth of Chinese hegemonic inevitability in Southeast Asia.

Keywords

Rodrigo Duterte Mahathir Mohamad Small powers 

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