International Relations in an Age of Volatility
Chapter 2: Fear factor: Northeast Asian responses to China’s rise
Northeast Asia is at once one of the most economically dynamic regions in the world, and the epicentre of developments that potentially threaten global stability. It is the location for the developmental state economies which have recovered strongly from the 2008 economic crisis. At the same time, North Korea has been a long-standing concern for regional and international stability, both in terms of its potential for regime collapse, and through activities associated with its nuclear programme. Further, there is the lingering issue of Sino–Taiwanese relations, which as discussed in the previous chapter, has periodically flared up in the post-Cold War era. Overshadowing all the continuing political problems in Northeast Asia is the most significant development that is occurring in the region, namely, China’s rise as a major actor in the international system, with its implications for issues ranging from economics, to security, and non-traditional security issues such as the environment, amongst others.
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