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China, the US and ADMM-Plus: Towards confidence building in Southeast Asia?

Pacheco Pardo, Ramon (2011) China, the US and ADMM-Plus: Towards confidence building in Southeast Asia? International Affairs at LSE (11 Apr 2011). Website.

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The year 2010 has been portrayed as a negative one for the Sino-American relationship. Differences over issues such as the yuan’s exchange rate, how to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue or respect for human rights are said to have weakened bilateral relations and shown the discrepancy between Beijing’s and Washington’s values and policies. Yet, 2010 was not a lost year. Unnoticed to many, US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and China Minister for National Defence Liang Guanglie attended the first-ever ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus). Bringing together the ministers of defence of all ASEAN member states and eight of the association’s dialogue partners, this forum is poised to become a key driver of confidence building in Southeast Asia, including, crucially, the South China Sea. The fact that the US and China agreed to dispatch Gates and Liang to the meeting despite bilateral relations allegedly being at a low point demonstrates the importance that both countries confer to it. This can only have a positive effect on regional security.

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Additional Information: © 2011 The Author(s)
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 08:09
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 23:22

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