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Fertility Decline and Socioeconomic Transformations

This research paper aims to study the impact of fertility rates on various socio-economic indicators including poverty level, labor force composition, education level and spending, and innovation in China, India, and Indonesia.

The fertility rate, the average number of children a woman has during her reproductive years, is an important demographic factor that can significantly influence a nation’s development trajectory. This study seeks to highlight the relationship between fertility rates and key socio-economic indicators by analyzing data from these three large and diverse countries, China, India, and Indonesia.

Additionally, this paper will look at how societies can maintain their fertility rate to a sustainable level.

Combating Chinese Influence in the Indo-Pacific

This paper aims to understand the diplomatic strategy that the United States has taken in the Indo-Pacific region to combat China’s influence and analyzes how geopolitical tensions from China have changed their methodology. China’s influence over the Indo-Pacific continues to threaten the sovereignty of countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

This is especially evident in Vietnam and the Philippines which will be the main focuses of this paper. To understand the U.S.’ methods for combating China, three main forms of diplomacy were analyzed: Trade, Defense aid, and Development aid.

This paper suggests that the current diplomatic methods that the U.S. takes have contributed to a competition between the U.S. and China for dominance in the region. As well as that China’s growing aggression over territory claims have led to stronger relations between the U.S., its allies, and ASEAN countries.


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