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Maritime Asia vs. Continental Asia: National Strategies in a Region of Change

Shiraishi Takashi
Maritime Asia vs. Continental Asia: National Strategies in a Region of Change
ISBN: 978-1-62637-945-9
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2021/217 pages
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DESCRIPTION

Shiraishi Takashi reflects on the diplomatic challenges facing the countries of Asia in today's geopolitical order, exploring historical context, long-term trends, and current strategies.

The tectonic shifts in the global order are having a particularly dramatic impact in Asia, with its combined economy now larger than that of either North America or Europe. As he explores the nature of that impact, Shiraishi highlights the diversity of Asia (focusing on the ASEAN countries, China, and Japan) and the national strategies that have resulted from these differences. One key question that he addresses: What accounts for the divide between the maritime states and the countries of mainland Asia?

Shiraishi's incisive analysis, combining a discussion of international relations with a consideration of Asia's varying political cultures, sheds light on current affairs in the vast region from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean and beyond.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shiraishi Takashi is chancellor of the Prefectural University of Kumamoto and also professor emeritus at Japan's National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). He previously served, among many other senior posts, as president of GRIPS, president of the Institute of Developing Economies (JETRO), and Ritsumeikan University Professor.

CONTENTS

  • INTRODUCTION.
  • Nineteenth-Century Civilization.
  • The Two Superpowers and the Twentieth-Century System.
  • Global Governance and Global Trends.
  • The Social Sciences as a Way of Understanding the World.
  • LONG-TERM TRENDS IN ASIA.
  • The Rise of Emerging Nations and Changes in Global Governance.
  • The Rise of China and Its Effect on Regional Order.
  • Globalization, Urbanization, and the Revolution of Rising Expectations.
  • THE GEOPOLITICAL FRAMEWORK.
  • US Policy in Asia Pacific.
  • China's Rise and Its Strategic Policy.
  • China's Rise and Its Behavior in the Region.
  • The South China Sea and Mainland Southeast Asia.
  • The Belt and Road Initiative and the Tianxia Order.
  • Changing International Relations in East Asia.
  • STRATEGIC TRENDS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.
  • Religious and Ethnic Diversity.
  • Economic Discrepancies.
  • Southeast Asia and China.
  • Thailand.
  • Myanmar.
  • Vietnam.
  • Indonesia.
  • Malaysia.
  • The Philippines.
  • Southeast Asia: A Summary View
  • JAPAN'S PLACE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC/EAST ASIA/INDO-PACIFIC REGION.
  • The State of Japan in 2015.
  • Comparative Historical Analysis.