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Why China's Premature Bid for Hegemony Is More Fragile Than You Imagine

Why China's Premature Bid for Hegemony Is More Fragile Than You Imagine

Everyone is starting to resist now.

Meanwhile, in recent weeks, Vietnam has deployed several armed vessels to forestall China’s efforts to sabotage its energy exploration activities in the Vanguard Bank, an energy-rich area within Hanoi’s EEZ that is contested by China 

China may be able to strong-arm each of its neighboring polities on a bilateral basis, but Beijing is bleeding credibility and trust across the region. No wonder then, the majority of respondents across Asia still prefer the United States over China as a regional leader. Even in Hong Kong, American flags were proudly on display during the protests. As one of the participants said: “We are not fighting to gain anything, [but] we are fighting not to lose anything. I am worried about Hong Kong becoming China.” 

Richard Javad Heydarian is an assistant professor in international affairs and political science at De La Salle University. He previously served as a policy advisor at the Philippine House of Representatives.

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