The paramount power
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The paramount power

In a Lowy Institute Paper entitled The Paramount Power: China and the Countries of Southeast Asia, Dr Milton Osborne examines how China's relations with Southeast Asia have dramatically changed for the better in the last ten years.

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Executive Summary

FTAs and strategic partnerships have replaced decades of mistrust and uncertainty. China is now the paramount power in Southeast Asia with significant soft power resources and regional goodwill. China's new role poses new challenges for Japan and the United States in the region and globally.

Dr Osborne is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute and one of Australia's leading experts on Southeast Asian history.

The Paper can be downloaded here.

Areas of expertise: History and politics of Southeast Asia; history and politics of Cambodia; the Mekong
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