The ASEAN-Centred Cooperative Security Regime in Asia

  • Daljit Singh
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


Daljit Singh notes that ASEAN has brought China, Japan, India and the USA into an ASEAN-centred cooperative security architecture: the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asian Summit (EAS), and the ASEAN Defence Ministerial Meeting Plus. However, the rise of USA–China strategic rivalry poses a difficult challenge to “ASEAN centrality”. There is suspicion that China’s assertiveness may be directed towards the creation of a China-centred order and the exclusion of US strategic influence. This would not be in line with the fundamental interests of ASEAN, which benefits from a balance of big powers rather than the dominance of one.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daljit Singh
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  1. 1.Coordinator, Regional Strategic and Political Studies ProgramISEAS-Yufof Ishak InstituteSingaporeSingapore

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