ASAN Forum: “Balancing China: Moving Beyond the Containment Fallacy”

My latest article… a brief overview of incremental balancing responses vis-a-vis China in the context of recent US calls for a “principled and inclusive security network”… has just been published in the journal of the ASAN Institute for Policy Studies. I framed the piece in part as a critique of frequent criticism from Beijing of Washington’s alleged containment strategy (As the title suggests, I argue such claims are misguided).

The piece was written before the past two weeks’ headline-making developments with the Philippines, though I was able to slide in a reference to some of President Duterte’s comments earlier this month during final edits. Even given the opportunity to rewrite, I don’t think I would change much, as no one knows exactly how things are going to play out. But this is certainly a space to watch.

As always, feedback is more than welcome.