From the community of shared interests to a community of destiny: approach to deepen China-ASEAN cooperation

RUAN Jianping1 LU Guangji1

(1.School of Political Science and Public Administration, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei, China 430072)

【Abstract】Interest has been the fundamental motive and the ultimate goal of state acts. When related countries become mutually independent in the interests to a certain degree, they may probably form a kind of “community with shared interests.” However, such interest-based link alone is inadequate to ensure sustainable motivation for cooperation and to maintain stable relations among them. Furthermore, if the strategic mutual trust and consensus fail to be timely established and consolidated on the basis of effective mechanisms, such deepened interdependence may even trigger anxiety and suspicion of some countries which may become cautious about the over-dependence on other members of the community, and consequently turn to hedging strategy by resorting to the third parties for counterbalance. Therefore, in view of the problems and challenges in the current China-ASEAN cooperation, it is fundamental to deepen China-ASEAN cooperation by forming a community with destiny based on the in-depth interconnection of interests and strategic mutual trust. Such an approach will not only contribute to the further boosting of the common interests of the two sides, but also better facilitate the efforts to lay a solid foundation for the lasting peace and universal prosperity in the region.

【Keywords】 community of shared interests; community of destiny; China-ASEAN;

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【Funds】 2017 National Social Science Fund Key Project (17ZDA001) Wuhan University Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Development Program for Young Scholars

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March 2018

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Abstract

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Analytical framework: from the community of shared interests to the community of destiny
  • 3 Construction of “China-ASEAN community of destiny”: the objective requirements of the times
  • 4 Reflection on path of building the “China-ASEAN community of destiny"
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