Grinter – China, the United States, and Mainland Southeast Asia:
Opportunism and the Limits of Power
Both Beijing and Washington experience limits to their policies in Southeast
Asia. Burma is an ally of China, but weary of too much Chinese penetration.
Washington is close with Thailand, but is dismayed that Bangkok is willing to
substantially engage economically with China.
Furthermore, China views Southeast Asia from a strategic viewpoint while the
United states concentrates on governance and democracy.
− not competitive or ideological levels of Cold War
− still, show interesting and complicated aspects
− sometimes tends toward zero-sum outcomes
− quasi-client relat