Philippine elections expose the politics of China policy

Author: Editorial Board, ANU When, how, and why do domestic politics shape Southeast Asian states’ relationships with China? This is almost a trick question — not only the diversity of Southeast Asian political systems, but the multiplicity of interests that bear upon foreign policy within individual states makes mockery of the idea of ‘domestic politics’ as a single, coherent force. A more manageable question might be: to what extent does public opinion set the terms on which Southeast Asian governments work with China? If only it were easy to know exactly what Southeast Asian publics think about China. And then…

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