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By Barry Buzan, Yongjin Zhang

ISBN-10: 1107077478

ISBN-13: 9781107077478

Bringing jointly probably the most cutting edge students in either the English university of diplomacy and East Asian reports, this quantity investigates even if major and targeted overseas social constructions exist on the nearby point represented through 'East Asia', and what this may let us know approximately foreign society either domestically and globally. The book's major discovering is that the local dispute over how its states and peoples may still relate to the Western-dominated worldwide foreign society makes the lifestyles of East Asian foreign society basically contested. whereas this regional-global social dynamic is found in many areas, it truly is quite powerful in East Asia. This ebook will entice audiences attracted to constructing English university thought, the research of East Asian diplomacy and comparative regionalism.

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There is a preference for US hegemony over balancing, though not local hegemony if this means China, and these concerns about hegemony are talked about in the language of balance. There is a distinctively high restraint on war, though the region does not form a security community as does the EU, and this is in line both with global-level restraint and with a regional (ASEAN) aspiration to develop ‘peace in parts’. There is an unusually intense diplomatic culture aimed at minimizing friction. And, in part because of the compromised positions of both China and Japan, and in part because of the acceptance of a US hegemonic role in the region, there is an inversion of the usual rule that regional great powers are the key leaders of the regional order.

Is the East Asian region a meaningful construct in terms of international society? Is ASEAN a distinctive region by itself? How does it relate to Russia (shared values) and South Asia (very different culture/ civilization, but also links via Buddhism)? How does Japan fit in as an outlier to many ‘Asian values’?  How far does the idea of Confucian culture, and its inclination towards hierarchy and bandwagoning, rather than towards balance of power, take one in thinking about East Asian international society?

Politics more than culture decides how East Asia’s states are placed within this divide. One can certainly say that the idea of an East Asian regional international society is politically active in a major way, but this idea is manifested mainly in contestation over what such a regional international society should look like. There is no agreement on membership, on legitimate behaviour or on how much East Asia should differentiate itself from Western–global international society. The chapter charts three broad futures for such a debate – obsolescence, victory for one side or the other, or stalemate – and concludes that stalemate is the most likely.

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