Southeast Asia And Australia
The region stretches from the Indochinese Peninsula through the Indonesian archipelago all the way to Australia, forming the dividing line between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. This area is very diverse – geographically, culturally and historically. What the region’s countries have in common is their largest trading partner: China. Beijing’s assertive policymaking is the most important strategic issue in the region.
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The Philippines’ policy and the great power competition
The Philippines’ foreign policy drivers go beyond the theatrics of its current president. Some of them are fundamental interests that hardly change in time, as has been the case of the simultaneous economic cooperation and territorial conflict with China. The U.S., too, exerts a strong pull on Manila. There are, however, even deeper sources of the Philippines’ international behavior.