Accession Number : ADA589214


Title :   Malaysia's Great Power Balance and the South China Sea Disputes


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Finkbeiner, John M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a589214.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 38


Abstract : Malaysia is one of several Southeast Asian countries that claim a portion of the South China Sea that is also claimed by China. However, Malaysia has chosen to downplay this dispute in the interest of furthering positive relations with China, in particular economically. In recent years Malaysia has also improved its political and military relations with the U.S.; the two countries have long enjoyed strong economic ties. Malaysian policy thus can be viewed as seeking a balance between the two great powers improved economic ties with China lessen Malaysian economic dependence on the U.S., while stronger political and military ties with the U.S. help hedge against Chinese dominance in Southeast Asia. Malaysia will continue to promote strong bilateral relationships with both countries, promote their ties to ASEAN, and continue to promote resolution of the South China Sea disputes on a multilateral basis through ASEAN.


Descriptors :   *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *MALAYSIA , CHINA , HISTORY , SOUTH CHINA SEA , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE