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China’s Regional Strategy and Challenges in East Asia

Joseph Cheng
p. 53-65


China has rapidly developed a sophisticated regionalism strategy in East Asia. Minimising the region’s “China threat” perception has been a significant consideration in this strategy. Unfortunately, the ongoing escalation of tension concerning territorial disputes over the Diaoyutai / Senkaku Islands and the South China Sea, initiated by a series of high-profile naval exercises in the latter half of 2010, has reinforced the “China threat” perception and bolstered the hedging strategies of countries in the region. China is aware of its relative disadvantage, and it has been keeping its options open while allowing ASEAN to maintain the initiative.

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Joseph Cheng, « China’s Regional Strategy and Challenges in East Asia », China Perspectives [Online], 2013/2 | 2013, Online since 01 June 2016, connection on 23 May 2017. URL :

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Joseph Cheng

Joseph Y.S. Cheng is professor of political science, as well as coordinator of the Contemporary China Research Project at the City University of Hong Kong.City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong (

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