Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 7 Number 2 (November 2019)

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Research Note

ASEAN and the BRI: The Utility of Equidistant Diplomacy with China and the US

Hiro Katsumata and Shingo Nagata pp. 333-348
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The aim of the present study is to shed light on the diplomatic achievements of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), by exploring the way in which it has dealt with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) implemented by China. ASEAN is little more than an association of minor powers with insignificant military and economic capabilities. However, in its dealings with the BRI, it has proactively advanced its own interests by skillfully conducting equidistant diplomacy with China and the US, without becoming too remote from or too close to either one of them, thereby reaping benefits from its favorable relations with each of them.
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