Locating transition: The prospect for a US-China transition in Asia

Yves Heng Lim*

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In charting the water of the post-Cold War world, one of the most prominent questions touches upon the likely effects of China's rise. Echoing more or less explicitly power transition theory's assumptions, the rapid and multifaceted ascent of China has popularized the idea of a likely overtaking of the American dominant power by the rising challenger. Sceptics have, however, pointed out that by most standards China remains far from being on a par with the United States. This paper argues that though a global power transition lies far beyond the horizon, the relevant level at which the transition should be considered is the East Asian region, or the Asian 'super-region'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)913-934
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Issue number67
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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