Asia Pacific Studies

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Question 1
Section 1
1.1 –
P1 – US has maintained a certain degree of dominance in the region that has ensured some degree of regional stability.
P2 – A fundamental branch of Chinese soft power and a cornerstone of the Beijing consensus is the multilateralism that characterizes China’s shifting diplomacy.
P3 – The rise of East Asian multilaterals in the wake of the Asian financial crisis and the formation of new regional bodies, such as ASEAN +3, has been a direct response to the failures of APEC and the IMF.
Conclusion – The harmonious engagement of regional actors in multilateral frameworks has significant capacity to contribute to regional stability, rendering Washington’s role as an extra regional balancer redundant. The rise of a unified East Asia will undoubtedly recalibrate regional security arrangements.
1.2 –
The US is a regional balancer due to its hub-and-spoke system. Many theories support this such as hegemonic stability theory, which priorities unipolarity challenges from disputing the status quo but with the failure of IMF and China’s diplomacy shift, China has a more active role with the region becoming more influenced by Beijing Consensus. Regional collaboration has increased with ASEAN +3 of Japan, China, and South Korea. This shows a power shift away from the hub-and-spoke alliance system (Ward, Alex. 2013).

Section 2
US will not be the indispensable power in East Asia in the time to come as they are slowly losing their power because ASEAN +3 are working and helping each other without the help from US.
P1 shows that US still has a certain degree of power and is indispensable in East Asia. However, the author stated in the later part of the article that because ASEAN +3 are starting to cooperate together, they do not need US to act as a balancer or middleman through their hub-and-spoke system between countries in East Asia.

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