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If I were to describe the Asian security order just in a few words, I would apply a modified version of the renowned "Flying Geese" (FG) paradigm, which was developed by Japanese scholars1 to explain the economic growth and regional agglomeration in East and Southeast Asia (Ozawa, 2009). The Flying Geese model employed in the aspect of security would differ from its economic prototype in a way that the geese would be accompanied by a hawk, flying above to protect them (mainly from themselves). As the wind of history twisted the wings of the leading goose, she rotated back and another goose, too weak to lead alone, took her position with the support of the hawk. Now when the goose – hawk tandem became exhausted, the former leading goose is back, stronger than ever after the period of recovery. The same wind broke the wings of another goose, and now she can only continue flying with the group owing to the (nuclear) chain in which her legs are tied up to the legs of the strongest geese and the hawk. This terminally ill goose threatens the rest of the group that if she falls, she will pull down the whole formation. Some argue that without the hawk, the formation will turn into a Peking duck or a headless chicken; others believe that wild geese are smart by nature and free, therefore they do not need a zookeeper. Everybody is suspicious of the character of the currently leading goose, speculating whether…
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