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dc.contributor.advisorMalley, Michael S.
dc.contributor.authorWong, Anthony M.
dc.dateSep-15
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-06T18:22:57Z
dc.date.available2015-11-06T18:22:57Z
dc.date.issued2015-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/47348
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractChina’s rise and the strategic uncertainty about its future intentions have compelled countries in Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia and Thailand, to adopt hedging strategies to deal with China’s rise. Since 2012, with China’s foreign policy shifting toward a more proactive and assertive policy posture, Indonesia and Thailand have exhibited divergent hedging responses: Indonesia has shifted toward the balancing end of the hedging spectrum while Thailand has shifted toward the bandwagoning end. This thesis seeks to analyze Indonesia’s and Thailand’s hedging responses and the key factors that explain their different hedging preferences. This thesis contends that Indonesia’s and Thailand’s hedging strategies have shifted in response to a change in their ruling elites’ perception of benefits from an improved relationship with China, vis-à-vis their perception of China as a security threat. In both countries, domestic factors have also exerted an intervening effect on policy outcomes to different extents. Indonesia’s hedging strategy reflects the compromise between enhancing Indonesia’s future security, addressing nationalistic concerns of defending Indonesia’s sovereignty, and gaining economic benefits. On the other hand, Thailand’s ruling elites have sought to politically and economically benefit from China’s rise in order to bolster their political legitimacy at home.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/shiftingpolicypo1094547348
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleShifting policy postures of Indonesia and Thailand: responding to the China challengeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderGlosny, Michael A.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairsen_US
dc.subject.authorChinaen_US
dc.subject.authorIndonesiaen_US
dc.subject.authorThailanden_US
dc.subject.authorSoutheast Asiaen_US
dc.subject.authorhedgingen_US
dc.subject.authorChina foreign policyen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Colonel, Republic of Singapore Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Far East, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Far East, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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