Southeast Asia’s proximity to China presents both economic opportunities and security challenges.
While China’s economic rise in the past decades has benefitted the region’s economies, China’s claims over the South China Sea have created security anxieties among its neighbors.
How do different Southeast Asian states balance economic and geopolitical interests? To what extent has China’s relations with and views on Southeast Asia evolved in recent decades? What pathways could be explored to mitigate political conflict while continuing—even intensifying—economic relations?