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China’s Rise and Changing Order in East Asia

  • David Arase

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. China Rising

  4. Northeast Asia

  5. Southeast Asia

  6. Indian Ocean Region

About this book


This book discusses the impact of China's rise on regional order at three levels: Sino-US relations, East Asia’s contested sub regions and regional institutions. Sino-US relations provide a framework to examine macro-regional relations. In East Asia’s contested sub regions-Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and the eastern Indian Ocean region—the author explores the crucial role regional powers and local states play in maintaining effective governance and stability. The author shows how regional institutions attempt to develop cooperation and shared norms that work toward regional community. The inclusion of leading experts from China, the US, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, and India gives this collection a unique viewpoint, and reveals how China's rise looks from inside and outside China, as well as inside and outside the region.


China East Asia Sino-US relations Regional stability Regional governance Institutional power

Editors and affiliations

  • David Arase
    • 1
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International StudiesNanjing UniversityNanjingChina

About the editors

David Arase is Resident Professor of International Politics at the Hopkins-Nanjing Centre in Nanjing, China. Author of many articles, book chapters, and commentaries, he has published four books, of which the most recent, The US-Japan Alliance: Balancing Soft and Hard Power in East Asia (co-edited), won the 2011 Ohira Memorial Foundation Special Prize. 

Bibliographic information


“The Rise of China and Changing Order in East Asia is a timely and important contribution to our understanding of the seismic shift in the regional balance of power in East Asia and the profound consequences created by the rise of China.  Through their sophisticated analysis and insights, Professor Arase and his colleagues probe the underlying drivers of interstate relations in East Asia and identify the geopolitical fault-lines that could precipitate great power conflict in the world’s most dynamic region.  It should be a required text for students of East Asian politics and policy-makers.” (Minxin Pei, Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College, USA and author of China’s Crony Capitalism (2016))

“A serious attempt has been made through this volume to present a comprehensive overview of several political, economic and strategic issues featuring 21st century China and the Asia Pacific powers. Addressing these, the contributors have eclectically conceived their arguments and presented with strong analytical acuity. These merit wide readership and policy makers, academics and students alike will find the volume an essential reading as they study the changing regional dynamics.” (Vijay Sakhuja, Director, National Maritime Foundation, India)

“David Arase and his colleagues provide a much-needed variety of perspectives on by far the most important question of global politics: will China optimize a (growing) role in world affairs by modulating its ambitions whenever they evoke negating reactions –yes, in world affairs you can become weaker because you seem too strong—or will it exceed the culminating point of power at each remove, to end up encircled and reviled? Arase's cohort of able scholars have certainly contributed to scholarship, and may even help avert al-too predictable travails.” (Edward N.Luttwak, Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC, US, and author of “The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy” (2012))