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A new model of Great Power Relations and sources of insecurity in the region: Third country perspectives

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China has advocated a "new model of Great Power Relations" to avoid what is commonly called Thucydides’ Trap, the potential conflict arising from the tensions that manifest when an emerging power comes into contact with the established power. Presidents Xi and Obama broached this concept at the Sunnylands estate in 2013 as well as subsequent meetings. President Trump's position on the concept has yet to be determined. Countries in East Asia such as Japan and South Korea have been left with concerns as to their fate if accommodation between China and the US occurs under the "new model of Great Power Relations" framework. Using South Korea and Japan case studies, this paper seeks to investigate how third countries view the "new model of Great Power Relations" concept in the context of their security and strategic choices. Findings suggest that the concept of "Great Power Relations" inculcates insecurity into the region through the perceived imposition of a regional order resonating with fears over abandonment.

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East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会

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