U.S.-Asia Relationship

DISCIPLINE: U.S.-Asia Relation
U.S.-Southeast Asia trade relation has entered an age of disruption, according to CSIS think tank.
Indeed, ever since President Trump came into office, the U.S. is no longer a predictable trading
partner for Southeast Asia. However, the region has been one of the most fast-growing markets
and a main exporting partner for the U.S. economy. The trade relationship is mutually critical for
both sides.
As you see, I wanted to do “Foreign Policy and Economic Strategies of Southeast Asian
Countries Under the U.S.-China Competition”, as suggested above. However, after deep
consideration, it is indeed too big to cover in 12 pages. So, I am thinking that maybe we can
narrow it down a bit. The approaches may be:

  1. Three trade strategies that can be used by specific Southeast Asian countries. For example, in
    Vietnam and Taiwan. An interesting perspective of doing only a few countries is that we can
    do some comparisons. The readers then will be able to see common points and differences in
    addressing a common problem.
  2. With the context of U.S. 2020 election, we can also focus on what foreign policy and
    economic strategy changes will be for one country, for example, Taiwan. Alternatively, we
    can see why a SEAsian country supports the new Biden administration more while the other
    SEAsian country like Trump, for example, India, from the perspective of diplomacy, foreign
    policy, and economic development.
    The title is flexible. These are only some of my thoughts. Of course, if you have any better ideas
    that can make the essay more interesting and more organized, feel free to discuss with me at any
    time. You are allowed to name a new title, but make sure to give me a heads up if you want to do
    a different topic regarding to U.S.-Asia relations (like if you do not want to do a topic related to
    trade and election).
    You will have the choices of doing an analytical assessment, research paper, or a policy
    memorandum. No matter which one you choose, the paper should be written with your best
    writing ability. No sloppy writing. Everything has to be formal, including wordings and
    Here is a list of recommended sources. I will also upload a few articles that may be helpful. You
    are encouraged to use outside academic sources as well. However, every source should be
    academic source. Make sure it is not outdated.
    ★ Michael Yahuda, The International Politics of the Asia-Pacific, (fourth edition)
    (Routledge, 2019), ISBN 978-1-138-64707-7
    ★ Robert Sutter, The United States and Asia: Regional Dynamics and Twenty-First Century
    Relations (second edition) (Rowman and Littlefield 2020) 978153812655
    ★ Ashley J. Tellis, Alison Szalwinski and Michael Wills Strategic Asia 2019:China’s
    Expanding Strategic Ambitions Seattle: National Bureau of Asian Research 2019
    ★ Ashley J. Tellis, Alison Szalwinski and Michael Wills Strategic Asia 2020:US-China
    Competition for global influence Seattle: National Bureau of Asian Research 2020
    Ren Xiao and Liu Ming Chinese Perspectives on International Relations in the Xi Jinping Era
    National Bureau of Asian Research June 2020
    “Special Report: China and America,” The Economist May 18, 2019, 3-16
    Orville Schell and Susan Shirk, Course Correction: Toward and Effective and Sustainable China
    Policy Asia Society and University of California San Diego Task Force Report, February 2019 p.
    Susan Thornton, “Is American Diplomacy with China Dead? Foreign Service Journal July-
    August 2019
    Gilbert Rozman, “Xi Jinping’s geopolitical framework for Northeast Asia,” Joint US-Korea
    Academic Studies KEI 2020
    Liza Tobin, “Underway—Beijing’s Strategy to Build China into a Maritime Great Power,” Naval
    War College Review Vol. 71, No. 2 (2018)
    Cory Bennett and Bryan Bender, “How China acquires ‘the crown jewels’ of U.S. Technology,”
    Politico May 22, 2018
    Valerie Niquet “Chinese Objectives in High Technology Acquisitions and Integration of Military
    and Civilian Capabilities: A Global Challenge Foundation pour la Recherche Strategique, March
    7, 2018
    Liza Tobin, “Xi’s Vision for Transforming Global Governance: A Strategic Challenge for
    Washington and Its Allies,” in Scott McDonald and Michael Burgoyne eds., China’s Global
    Influence (Honolulu, HI: Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, 2020) 38-56
    Dong Wang & Weizhan “China Debating the Regional Order,” The Pacific Review [on
    Zhimin Chen & Xueying Zhang “Chinese conception of the world order in the turbulent Trump
    era,” The Pacific Review
    Scott Harold, “The case of United States views of its ties with China,” Joint US-Korea Academic
    Studies KEI 2020
    Robert Sutter, “America’s Growing Gap with China and the 2020 Election Debates
    Taiwan: Issues for Congress, Congressional Research Service Report 44996 pp 1-67.
    Taiwan’s Place in the Evolving Security Environment of East Asia July 2018 pp. 1-21
    Lauren Dickey, “Taiwan Policymaking in Xi Jinping’s ‘New Era’” China Brief November 10,
    US-China Strategic Competition in South and East China Seas: Background and Issues for
    Congress Congressional Research Service Report R42784 p. 1-31 (June 2020 or more recent
    Sumit Ganguly, “India-China: On a Collision Course?” Pacific Affairs Vol. 91, No. 2 (June
    2018) 231-244
    M. Taylor Fravel, “China’s Sovereignty Obsession,” Foreign Affairs June 26, 2020.
    David Shambaugh, “U.S.-China Rivalry in Southeast Asia, International Security Vol.42, No. 4
    (Spring 2018) p. 85-127
    Jonathan Stromseth, Beyond Binary Choices? Navigating great power competition in Southeast Asia,
    Brookings Institution April 2020
    Kitti Prasirtsuk, “ASEAN’s Looming Anxiety,” Joint US-Korea Academic Studies KEI 2020
    “Powers, Norms, and Institutions: The Future of the Indo-Pacific from a Southeast Asia
    Perspective,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 2020
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