Asian Perspective

Provides articles on global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Northeast Asia.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 3, 2007

A Critique of the China Threat Theory: A Systematic Analysis
Proponents of the "China threat" theory argue that it is inconceivable for China to have a peaceful rise; a superpower China will inevitably be a threat to the United States. This article analyzes the military and economic aspects of the "China threat"...
America at the Taiwan Strait: Five Scenarios*
Degrees of freedom for national U.S. policy in the Taiwan Strait can be parsed by estimating the future likelihoods and time order of uncertain events-such as Taiwan independence, Chinese liberalization, truce, a Chinese attack, and U.S. choices-and...
China, Multinational Corporations, and Globalization: Beijing and Microsoft Battle over the Opening of China's Gates
There are two perspectives on the relationship between states and multinational corporations (MNCs). One, the "state in command" perspective, sees states as dominant, with globalization only worsening the situation. The other-the "MNCs in command" view-sees...
Japanese Assessments of China's Military Development*
IntroductionIt is a fact that China has increasingly modernized its military power. This, in conjunction with China's rising economic power, is new to history. It is hence natural that Japan, both as a regional great power and as an ally of the United...
JAPAN'S CHANGING SECURITY NORMS AND PERCEPTIONS SINCE THE 1990s
Changes in Japanese security policy and institutions over the past decade and a half nullify cultural and institutionalist views of Japan's postwar pacifism. The boundary of the Self-Defense Force (SDF)'s activity-which had been understood exclusively...
Navigating a Turbulent Ocean: Indonesia's Worldview and Foreign Policy
This article explores the definition, origins, and meaning of Indonesia's worldview for contemporary international relations. It finds that Indonesian perceptions of the country's world role and the realities of its capacities are in tension. Apparent...
Politics, Culture, and Scholarly Responsibility in China: Toward a Culturally Sensitive Analytical Approach*
The relationship between knowledge and power has always been acutely problematic, particularly in the study of international relations. Inspired by an address by Ann Tickner, this article urges the need to develop culturally sensitive approaches to the...