Michael Lazich, associate professor, History and Social Studies Education Department
The relationship between China and the various states of Southeast Asia have a long and rich history. Indeed, China’s current relations with modern Southeast Asia cannot be thoroughly understood without considering the worldviews and traditional roles that have consistently characterized contacts between the Middle Kingdom and the diverse politics of this region. Making sense of the modern conflicts and political relations between China and Southeast Asia therefore requires a fundamental knowledge of the principal historical dynamics that have shaped their relations in the past. * Refreshments will be served.