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The Hedging Strategy of the Countries of Southeast Asia


Since the end of the Cold War the region of South-East Asia has undergone
profound changes, which were marked, above all, by the rise of China and
also the US rebalance towards Asia. This paper seeks to demonstrate how
the small states in this region cope with the changing regional order.
Specifically it explores the reactions of the governments in Manila, Kuala
Lumpur and Hanoi to the policies of Washington and Beijing. They employ a
general strategy commonly known as “hedging” that includes engagement
with China, soft balancing with the United States and enmeshing other
regional actors in the related affairs. Although the strategies of the
Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam may look the same, we may find
significant differences in the ways hedging is pursued in these countries.


hedging strategy, balance of power, Southeast Asia, China, USA

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Author Biography

Pavel Hlaváček

Pavel Hlaváček, born 1980 in Zlín, he earned his university degree (a Master’s in Political
Science) at the Department of Political Science and European Studies,
Palacky University in Olomouc. Later he continued with his studies (earning
a PhDr. & a PhD in Political Science) at the Department of Political Science
and International Relations, the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. His
research area is focused primarily on US foreign policy and security issues
of the East Asia region. He has repeatedly been a visiting professor at Hanoi
University in Vietnam and the National University of Mongolia.