Between Rising Powers: China, Singapore, and India

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Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2007 - Political Science - 333 pages
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Geography has moulded Singapore's self-definition, much as it has shaped the contours of the rest of Southeast Asia, a region that lies south of China and east of India. Placed within overlapping Sinic and Indic zones, Singapore's "entrept" role has served both. Today, as China and India emerge simultaneously as rising powers, a port city is going beyond its trading role to engage them in political and security terms. This book combines diplomatic history and international relations theory to show how Singapore is facilitating China's and India's engagement of Southeast Asia.

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Page 20 - ... the region. The economic climate of the region is no doubt important to us and what happens in the region would have consequences for us economically, politically and militarily. But we are more than a regional city. We draw sustenance not only from the region but also from the international economic system to which as a Global City we belong and which will be the final arbiter of whether we prosper or decline.

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Asad-ul Iqbal Latif is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

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