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Jakarta Post

Rising China and the implications for SE Asia

  • Anak Agung Banyu Perwita

Bandung   /   Mon, February 4 2008   /  12:48 pm

China started to focus on economic and military modernization programs in the late 1970s. This modernization has elevated China's profile at both the regional and global levels. The rise of China can be seen since the launch of the Fourth Modernization program in 1978, and specifically in the late 1980s and 1990s. The rise of China has also become one of the major issues in the new dynamics of contemporary international relations. There are of course many questions that can be raised in determining and assessing the scope, significance and implication of this development in the near future. Will China continue its peaceful rise and to what extent will this have any impact on the region? Many countries have paid much attention to the rise of China and its possible impacts both at the regional and global levels. The United States has particularly expressed its concern by sayin...