In recent years, several Southeast Asian states have appeared to be “bandwagoning” and establishing closer alignments with Beijing.
WHY SOUTHEAST ASIA MATTERSThe stakes are high in Southeast Asia.
The region is composed of 11 countries, ten of which are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Several Southeast Asian states have appeared to be “bandwagoning” with Beijing.
On the other hand, several Southeast Asian states have opted for traditional defensive realist tactics, adopting policies of alliance formation or strategic alignment with larger powers.