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Despite its economic and military might, China lacks the finesse to shape Asia to its liking
It is already being described as the moment when America’s “pivot” to Asia was seen to have gone awry. Not the shock when Rodrigo Duterte, the new president of the Philippines, an American ally, caused titters by calling Barack Obama the “son of a whore”—but when he called a few days later for an end to American military assistance, including joint patrols in the South China Sea. “China is now in power,” he declared, “and they have military superiority in the region.”
This article draws from the new book, Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia (Oxford University Press, 2016), by Professor Evelyn Goh, Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies, based at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre.
Read the full article A ham-fisted hegemon, published in The Economist.