The China-India-USA Engagement in the Asia-Pacific: Security Implications for East Asian Regionalism

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


Zhang Li examines the impact of India-China-USA strategic interaction on East Asian regionalism. The USA wants to engage India in order to offset China’s rise, encouraged by India-China territorial disputes and growing strategic rivalry. But India has interest in long-term cooperation with China, which causes it to shy away from incurring China’s hostility. And India wants strategic autonomy in a multipolar world, not American hegemony. Therefore, India will use the USA to strengthen its strategic position in India-China rivalry and seek beneficial cooperation with China. So long as strategic rivalry divides China from the USA and India, China should place emphasis on China-ASEAN and ASEAN Plus Three cooperation. A wider grouping could promote collusion against China’s rise.


Indian Ocean Region Maritime Security Shanghai Cooperation Organization Security Cooperation East Asia Summit 
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  • Li Zhang
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  1. 1.Institute of South Asian StudiesSichuan UniversityChengduChina

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