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Friday, 27th January 2012

Changing Southeast Asia: The Role of China, the United States, Japan and ASEAN

Source: Institute for Security & Development Policy


Southeast Asia's international perspective has been changing sharply in the twenty-first century. A multipolar structure has emerged, in which China, the U.S. and Japan work together with ASEAN to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the region. Success in this endeavor depends largely on ASEAN's influence and role. ASEAN understands China's influence in the Southeast Asia is rising, while the U.S. is a "moderate superpower"; therefore, it is necessary to expand the impact and presence of the U.S. and Japan in order to counterbalance China. Despite China's rise and the changing political landscape in Southeast Asia, the U.S. will continue to play an important role in the region. 

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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