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Chinese expanded perceptions of the region and its changing attitudes toward the Indo-Pacific: a hybrid vision of the institutionalization of the Indo-Pacific

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posted on 01.06.2018, 00:00 authored by Baogang HeBaogang He
© 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature The existing literature on the Indo-Pacific has largely focused on how and why the USA, Japan, Australia, India, and Indonesia have promoted the strategic concept of the Indo-Pacific, and how China has rejected it in the domain of maritime security. What has been overlooked, however, are dramatically expanded Chinese perceptions of the region and changing and complex Chinese attitudes and responses toward the Indo-Pacific. This essay aims to fill this gap by demonstrating how China has coopted certain components of the Indo-Pacific in its geoeconomic hegemonic project. This can be partially explained by unfolding and expanding Chinese perceptions of the region, characterized by geoeconomics and maritime/continental hybridity. This paper brings a missing perspective to the debate by highlighting China’s evolving, complex, and multifaceted approaches regarding the Indo-Pacific. It also offers a conceptual tool of a hybrid vision of the institutionalization of the Indo-Pacific for the enterprise of regional cooperation.

History

Journal

East Asia

Volume

35

Issue

2

Pagination

117 - 132

Publisher

Springer

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

1096-6838

eISSN

1874-6284

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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