1. uses multilateralism, realism and institutionalism in this

1.     
What is the
author’s research question and what is the significance of the question and/or
topic?

In this article, the
author seeks to clarify the ASEAN-China relations by emphasizing on the
following questions:

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a)     
Does China rise
peacefully?

b)     
How will the
rise of China affect the future direction of ASEAN-China relations?

c)     
How to cope with
a rising China when it becomes a superpower in its own right in the context of
an Asia-Pacific region?

d)    
How to forge a
real common or united perception and policy among ASEAN member states vis-à-vis
China?

The topic is significant
in highlighting on the prospects of the ASEAN-China relations and challenges
that can be found in their relationship.

 

2.     
What is the
author’s conceptual framework? Does the author use any theory from the field
and/or their own framework to answer the question? How is the paper organized?

The author uses multilateralism,
realism and institutionalism in this article. He also use their own framework, “ASEAN’s
unity” and hedging strategy to highlight this article. Besides this paper
is composed of 6 chapters as follows: 1) introduction, 2) overview of
ASEAN-China relations, 3) China’s “peaceful” rise, 4) the South China
Sea, 5) direction of ASEAN-China relations, and 6) conclusion.

 

3.     
What kind of
research methods/ data collection does the author use? Is the author research
enough?

The author uses
qualitative research method by using primary and secondary sources. Data are
relevant since they were collected from books, journals, articles and websites.
If the author adds his own opinion on conclusion, this article would be more
perfect.

 

4.     
Summary of
article

ASEAN and China has
built their relations for more than 20 years. They cooperate mainly in 11
areas, agriculture, information and communication technology, human resource
development, Mekong basin development, investment, energy, transport, culture,
public health, tourism and environment. This cooperation also extends to
political and security issues. Obviously ASEAN is the focal point for Chinese
diplomacy in Southeast Asia region because China’s aim to become a superpower
depends to an extent on a stable and peaceful region while China, itself, is strategically
important in particular for ASEAN’s economic development. However their
relations also face with challenges from the rise of China and challenges of China’s
claims in the South China Sea dispute. China’s rise, ASEAN’s integration and
the shift of the international center of gravity to the Asia-Pacific region
will test the future of the ASEAN-China relations.

 

5.     
Comments

            The
author’s choice of topic is relevant and effective in highlighting the
ASEAN-China relations. He emphasizes challenges produced by the South China Sea
dispute in their relations, their cooperation in 11 socio-economic and
scientific and technological areas and the impact of the rise of China on their
relationship. Besides the new term – hedging strategy (a strategy that
establish relations with relations with other powers, like the US, Japan,
Russia and India to balance China’s influence) is very interesting to learn
from this article. However, in this article, the absence of research questions,
the lack of the author’s own opinions even in the conclusion and imprecise
assumptions can be found. Nonetheless, on the whole, this “ASEAN-China Relations:
Prospects and Challenges” is worthy and interesting article, analyzing from
firm sources and highlighting the most significant climax of the article.