In the Dragon's Shadow Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century Sebastian Strangio

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
25 Aug 2020
ISBN:
9780300234039
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
360 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
25 color illus. + 4 maps
Sales territories:
World

A timely look at the impact of China’s booming emergence on the countries of Southeast Asia

Today, Southeast Asia stands uniquely exposed to the waxing power of the new China. Three of its nations border China and five are directly impacted by its claims over the South China Sea. All dwell in the lengthening shadow of its influence: economic, political, military, and cultural. As China seeks to restore its former status as Asia’s preeminent power, the countries of Southeast Asia face an increasingly stark choice: flourish within Beijing’s orbit or languish outside of it. Meanwhile, as rival powers including the United States take concerted action to curb Chinese ambitions, the region has emerged as an arena of heated strategic competition.
 
Drawing on more than a decade of on-the-ground experience, Sebastian Strangio explores the impacts of China’s rise on Southeast Asia, the varied ways in which the countries of the region are responding, and what it might mean for the future balance of power in the Indo-Pacific.

Sebastian Strangio is a journalist focusing on Southeast Asia. Since 2008, he has written for leading publications including the New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the Nikkei Asian Review. He is also the author of Hun Sen’s Cambodia.

‘A superbly well-informed, judicious and eloquent guide to the most important region in the world.’—Pankaj Mishra


‘A penetrating tour de force. It will be a very long time before there is a better account of the past and present dynamics of the ever-more contested sphere of influence to China’s south.’ —Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., former US Assistant Secretary of Defense


‘Indispensable for understanding one of the most important and often most misinterpreted stories of our day.’— Thant Myint-U, author of The Hidden History of Burma


‘A candid and sometimes harrowing inside-look at China’s rise in the region.’ — Brian Eyler, author of Last Days of the Mighty Mekong


‘A timely, deftly-researched, and provocative examination into one of the critical issues of our time.’— Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations