Beyond hedging: Asean could help bridge differences between China and US

FOREIGN policy thinkers have compared the governments of today's South-east Asian nations to the rulers of the Italian city-states in the age of Niccolo Machiavelli - small but pragmatic international players that have embraced a realpolitik strategy aimed at protecting their interests in a system dominated by the struggle between great global powers.

More specifically, the conventional wisdom is that the governments represented in the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) have pursued national...


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