Appeasement DA 2 - Michigan7 2013

Appeasement DA 2 Michigan7 2013

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Unformatted text preview: es between ASEAN member states been so sustained and obvious. The Philippines and Vietnam demand that the organisation supports them in standing up to Beijing. On the other side are Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, with no direct stake in the conflict and which refuse to endorse the Philippines’ and Vietnam’s confrontational stance. Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are concerned about the dispute, but believe that avoiding confrontation with China will improve the prospects for productive negotiations. The stand­off over the South China Sea exposes the hollowness of Asian institutions’ reliance on the principle of unanimity – which means that any member’s objection can keep an issue, no matter how pressing, off the agenda. Beijing’s refusal to discuss the South China Sea in any regional meeting, and its implicit threat to withdraw from any organisation that doesn’t respect this wish, shows Southeast Asia’s confidence that it could ‘soe’ China by welcoming it into regional...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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