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The Multilateral Security Regime in the Asia-Pacific Region and China’s Choice

ZHANG LINHONG

in The International Politics of EU-China Relations

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264089
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264089.003.0011

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

The Multilateral Security Regime in the Asia-Pacific Region and China’s Choice

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This chapter presents a view of China's approach to security multilateralism in Pacific Asia. It argues that the three main challenges that China faces in regional security are the potential for conflict on the Korean peninsula, Japan's politics of military aggressiveness and the meaninglessness of its non-violent constitution, and the Taiwan separatists' denial of ‘One China’. Despite the likely persistence of these problems, the discussion presents some grounds for optimism in building regional security multilateralism, in terms of the modes, fields, and driving forces of cooperation. Nevertheless, it indicates how far the prospect for multilateralism is dependent on the emergence of a consensus between China, Japan, and the USA as to its desirability, capability, and purposes.

Keywords: Taiwan; security multilateralism; Pacific Asia; One China; regional security; Japan; Korean peninsula

Chapter.  5362 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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