In this assignment, you are to write on impact of China’s growing influence in S

In this assignment, you are to write on impact of China’s growing influence in Southeast Asia using Sebastian Strangio’s In the Dragon’s Shadow as your primary source and Elizabeth Economy’s The Third Revolution as a secondary source. You must use a minimum of three outside sources as part of this assignment for different perspectives on the global meaning and strategic dimensions of China’s influence in Southeast Asia. The following list will help direct you towards scholarly resources as well as resources that are highly esteemed in the foreign policy community. Of those three sources, all three must be scholarly articles, research reports, foreign policy analysis, or academic books for this assignment, not including Strangio’s text and the Economy book. You are free to use additional sources from the news, newspapers, or magazines. Here is a list of journals, think tanks, and research organizations that might be useful for this assignment (all of these count as scholarly sources).
Please pick one of these prompts to answer:
1) Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) —Why is China pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia? How does it fit into China’s overall foreign policy objectives? What are the major challenges that China faces in pursuing this initiative in Southeast Asia? Refer to specific countries and projects in detailing those challenges. Will the BRI bring more badly needed development and infrastructure to the region, or will it end up harming the sovereignty and interests of countries in the region? Why or why not?
2) Two Countries — Examine indepth two countries discussed by Strangio in the text and their relationship with China. What are the main impacts of China’s influence on these two countries? How is each country managing this important bilateral relationship? Provide examples and cases. Does China’s influence portend positive or negative developments for these two nations? Why or why not?
3) Winners and Losers — Who are the biggest winners and losers among the countries that comprise Southeast Asia when it comes to China’s growing influence in region? Why are some countries standing to gain and others set to lose with China’s ascendance? How are countries responding to that influence? What does the future hold for the region with China’s increasing presence, power, and interests there?
4) Hegemony and its implications — What are the implications of the China’s growing influence in Southeast Asia? Provide examples from countries throughout the region addressing this trend. How is China extending its reach in the region? Is China’s growing clout and impact tantamount to regional hegemony? Why or why not? How should countries in the region respond to China’s growing might regardless?
5) China: Which Position? — Which of these options do you think best encapsulates China’s current position in Southeast Asia? In your response, provide information from the text and your outside sources to make the case that China’s role in Southeast Asia corresponds to this option. If none of these options captures China’s present position and trajectory, what do you think best illustrates China’s current role?
a) Hegemon — China’s role in Southeast Asia is that of a hegemon dictating the agenda for diplomacy, bending other countries to its interests, shaping the rules of international conduct, and asserting its interests forcefully and often unilaterally.
b) Status Quo Power —China’s role in Southeast Asia is that of a status quo power, not seeking to overturn the current rules and institutions, inserting its interests when necessary, and not rocking the boat or seeking conflict with her neighbors.
c) Development Powerhouse — China’s role in Southeast Asia is that of a country seeking new markets and opening up countries for investment, development, and trade opportunities. There is a desire for mutually beneficial relations with countries that would benefit from China’s attention. Military and coercive actions are disfavored as opposed to economic policies with win-win outcomes paramount.
d) Revisionist Power — China’s role in Southeast Asia is that of a disruptor with intentions of overturning the current set of institutions and rules. In this role, China seeks confrontation and conflict when its interests are threatened. Outcomes favor China’s interests first and foremost and actions are taken to quash rivals and potential threats.