Under Beijing's Shadow. Murray Hiebert
China&rsquo;s rise and stepped-up involvement in Southeast Asia have prompted a blend of anticipation and unease among its smaller neighbors. The stunning growth of China has yanked up the region&rsquo;s economies, but its militarization of the South China Sea and dam building on the Mekong River has nations wary about Beijing&rsquo;s outsized ambitions. Southeast Asians long felt relatively secure, relying on the United States as a security hedge, but that confidence began to slip after the Trump administration launched a trade war with China and questioned the usefulness of traditional alliances. This compelling book provides a snapshot of ten countries in Southeast Asia by exploring their diverse experiences with China and how this impacts their perceptions of Beijing&rsquo;s actions and its long-term political, economic, military, and &ldquo;soft power&rdquo; goals in the region.