state and break the hold that the other, China, has over it. However, when examined more closely, it becomes clear that the outcome and actions of this disagreement have ramifications that reach far beyond Asia and well into the western world as well. Before a proper assessment of today's dispute can be made, it is vital to examine the events of many years past that have led to this point.
Powers, J. (2006). Civil-Military Operations and Professional Military Education. Southeast Asian Studies (p. 55). Hurlburt Field.
Joint Chiefs of Staff, JCSM-982-64 “Memorandum regarding Courses of Action in Southeast Asia” 23 Nov 1964 (School of Advance Warfighting 7190 Writing Assignment Reader) 15. Cited hereafter as JCSM-982-64 “Memorandum regarding Courses of Action in Southeast Asia
In 2010, Washington expressed its extended support to the Japanese administration after Chinese trawlers rammed a Japanese vessel (Godement, 2011: 14). They affirmed their commitment of alliance through the strengthening their military ties as the U.S. saw that China’s rising power had resulted into a threat to its neighbouring states. Hence, coming from the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance, the United States deploys 49,000 troops and military assets in the bases of Japan to monitor peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region and at the same tie “seek and manage relations with China” (Chanlett-Avery, 2013).
At its core Mahan’s theory on sea power posed that a country which builds naval power and gains sea control will become a great empire. According to Mahan his naval strategy “differs from military strategy in that it is as necessary in peace as in war.”2 This allows applicability to the Chinese who have not seen open warfare since 1979. Mahan theorizes tha...
Retrospectively, the West may have successfully eliminated East Asia from ever becoming a hegemony during their imperial days. Countries such as China, Japan, and North and South Korea were all once ancient empires whose borders today were drawn by Western hands—hands that came from a world away and understood little of the intermingling cultures that existed there before their arrival. The West introduced East Asia to colonialism, nationalism, and industrialism, and the seeds were planted. From the 1800’s until today, those seeds have sprouted and flourished into three highly organized and efficiently maintained governments: one pseudo communist state, one constitutional monarchy, and one constitutional republic (Ebrey, Walthall, & Palais). As of now, nationalism is what keeps each government in power, and nationalism is what allows the government to manipulate the people into maintaining record highs in rates of productivity; thus, making China, Japan, and South Korea formidable economic giants in the international system. However, if the population growth in the countries continues at a negative rate, technological innovations are still only adopted never created, and they refuse to get past their own national pride and begin to work together, the future prospects of East Asia will fall very short of where current hype estimates them to be.
In 1985 one fifth of the worlds population was living under military controlled governments (Harper's Index Book), and it may around half now since China so brutally squashed its citizens' move toward democracy (Harper's Index Book). The reunificat...
Sulistiyanto’s article is much talking about Indonesia and Australia relations in the era of democracy. He starts with a brief history of Indonesia events in the era of authoritarian politics – Sukarno and Soeharto governments. It traces on how the role of governments have impacted in the creating of Indonesia domestic policy and foreign policy, especially toward Australia. Sulistiyanto examines the changing in Indonesia domestic policy and the contribution of the non-state actors in the maintenance of the bilateral relationship of the two countries. In his article he mentions the four perspectives on Indonesia and Australia relations (pp.119-121). These four perspectives intend to show how the bilateral relationships between Indonesia and Australia are created. He then concludes with the deepening of the new era of democracy under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono government and its impact on Indonesia’s foreign policy toward Australia.