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The Indonesian Dimension of Current China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation
International Relations: European and Asian Studies
From the perspective of such theory of international relations as structural realism, the paper analyzes the potential of using the initiative of Maritime Silk Road of the XXI century (MSR) as an instrument for realization of Chinese strategic maritime interests. Operating by key concepts of neorealism such as "strength", "balance of power" and "national interest", the author comes to the conclusion that China seeks to find common ground with Indonesia on maritime issues by the coordination of the MSR and the Indonesian "Global maritime fulcrum" in order to use the capabilities of Indonesia as an influential maritime power in Southeast Asia to reduce the severity of the problem of the South China Sea. At the same time, the forthcoming implementation of the Indo-Pacific region project will complicate the coordination of China's long-term plans for maritime cooperation with Indonesia in Southeast Asia.