Project Details

An Explorative Study of the Political Economy of Laos and China Rise: Balancing or Bandwagoning?

The conventional scholars on international relations believe that Southeast Asian countries, in pursuit of survival and national development, left with no choice but bandwagoning in response to the rise of China. However, it is equally important to critically review these theories and explore comprehensive and alternative understanding of the reality -- is there really no other middle-ground strategies for the weak and less-developed nations to interact with a strong and rich neighbour? This research thus aims to go beyond the common view of prominent status of China in the region and shed light on the resilience and alternative strategies (e.g. hedging, accommodating, soft balancing…) employed by Laos, which is a case long ignored by researchers in the field of study.

Commencement Date : 2017/5
Completion Date : 2018/4
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr LAW, Kam Yee 羅金義 [SSC]
Keyword(s) : Laotian-China relations   China Rise   Political economy  

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