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Self-dependence vital for Asean states in relations with China

Their policies towards Beijing are neither pure balancing nor pure bandwagoning.

Myanmar's military junta had bandwagoned with China for the sake of regime survival through the 1980s, but is now cautious about the Chinese threat.

THE conduct of foreign relations by South-east Asian countries - the so-called "small state diplomacy" - has the potential to develop new assertiveness, as the United States withdraws from global free trade and alliances, leaving the space wide open for domination by China.

Some South-...

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