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Asia Policy 21 (January 2016)

Asia Policy 21 features a roundtable on non-claimant states’ perspectives and interests in the South China Sea disputes; essays on Taiwan and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, challenges in reforming China’s state-owned enterprises, and South Korea’s strategic dilemmas vis-à-vis China and the United States; an article examining whether South Korea is in China’s strategic orbit; and a book review roundtable on Andrew Small’s The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics.

Table of Contents

Non-claimant Perspectives on the South China Sea Disputes
Tiffany Ma, Michael Wills, Rory Medcalf, Abhijit Singh, Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto, Yoji Koda, Lee Jaehyon, Jane Chan, Alice D. Ba, Mathieu Duchâtel and Thomas B. Fargo

Raising the Stakes: The Interests of Non-claimant States in the South China Sea Disputes
Tiffany Ma and Michael Wills

Rules, Balance, and Lifelines: An Australian Perspective on the South China Sea
Rory Medcalf

India's Strategic Stakes in the South China Sea
Abhijit Singh

Out of Its Comfort Zone: Indonesia and the South China Sea
Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto

Japan's Perceptions of and Interests in the South China Sea
Yoji Koda

South Korea and the South China Sea: A Domestic and International Balancing Act
Lee Jaehyon

Singapore and the South China Sea: Being an Effective Coordinator and Honest Broker
Jane Chan

ASEAN's Stakes: The South China Sea's Challenge to Autonomy and Agency
Alice D. Ba

Europe and Maritime Security in the South China Sea: Beyond Principled Statements?
Mathieu Duchâtel

Walking the Talk in the South China Sea
Thomas B. Fargo

Taiwan and Regional Trade Organizations: An Urgent Need for Fresh Ideas
Kevin G. Nealer and Margaux Fimbres

Challenges Ahead in China’s Reform of State-Owned Enterprises
Wendy Leutert

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: South Korea’s Strategic Dilemmas with China and the United States
Ellen Kim and Victor D. Cha

Is South Korea in China’s Orbit? Assessing Seoul’s Perceptions and Policies
Jae Ho Chung and Jiyoon Kim

Book Review Roundtable
The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics
John W. Garver, Daniel Markey, Feroz Hassan Khan, Meena Singh Roy, Andrew Scobell and Andrew Small

Keeping Pakistan as a Balancer While Courting Indian Friendship
John W. Garver

The Strange Tale of Sino-Pakistani Friendship
Daniel Markey

Sino-Pakistani Relations: Axis or Entente Cordiale?
Feroz Hassan Khan

Where Is the China-Pakistan Relationship Heading--Strategic Partnership or Conditional Engagement?
Meena Singh Roy

Friends in Need...
Andrew Scobell

Author's Response: Beyond India-Centricity--China and Pakistan Look West
Andrew Small