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Regional Linkages and Global Policy Alignment: The Case of China–Southeast Asia Relations

Pascal Abb and Georg Strüver

No 268, GIGA Working Papers from GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Abstract: This paper uses the case of Sino-Southeast Asian relations to gain insights on China's ability to muster support for its global agenda. The analysis focuses on the regional-global nexus of interstate relations and explores the extent to which the quality of two states' regional relations influences the likelihood of behavioral alignment in global politics. To this end, we consider a range of potentially influential aspects of Sino-Southeast Asian relations (the quality of bilateral relations based on recent event data, alliance policy, regime similarity, development level, and economic ties) and employ a statistical model to search for correlations with observed trends of voting coincidence in the United Nations General Assembly during the period 1979-2010. We find a strong correlation between the quality of regional bilateral relations and global policy alignment, which indicates that patterns of regional cooperation and conflict also impact the trajectory of China's rise in world affairs.

Keywords: regional cooperation and conflict; Southeast Asia; China; event data; UN voting analysis; panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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