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Author Lai, David, 1955- author
Title Asia-Pacific : a strategic assessment / David Lai
Imprint Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, [2013]
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 Euro-Am Studies Lib  327.5 L14 2013    AVAILABLE  -  30500101479403
Descript xi, 95 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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Note "May 2013."
Also available online in PDF format from Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) web site
Includes bibliographical references
Overall assessment -- The changing geostrategic landscape -- China rising. Geostrategic impact of the rising China -- U.S. strategic shift -- U.S.-China contests in Asia-Pacific. The inextricable dilemmas -- The China-Taiwan-U.S. issue -- U.S.-China conflict over the exclusive economic zone -- Great power competition in Northeast Asia. The Russo-Japanese territorial dispute -- The South Korean-Japanese dispute -- The China-Japan dispute -- Winners and losers -- U.S.-China competition in Southeast Asia -- South China Sea disputes -- Concluding remarks
This monograph provides a timely assessment of the geostrategic significance of Asia-Pacific and offers as a thought-provoking analysis of the U.S. strategic shift toward the region and its implications, with several key points. First, Asia-Pacific, which covers China, Northeast Asia, and Southeast Asia, is a region with complex currents. On the one hand, there is an unabated region-wide drive for economic development that has been pushing Asia-Pacific forward for decades. On the other, this region is troubled with, aside from many other conflicts, unsettled maritime disputes that have the potential to trigger wars between and among Asia-Pacific nations. Second, on top of these mixed currents, China and the United States compete intensely over a wide range of vital interests in this region. For better or for worse, the U.S.-China relationship is becoming a defining factor in the relations among the Asia-Pacific nations. Third, the U.S. strategic shift toward Asia-Pacific is, as President Obama puts it, not a choice but a necessity. Although conflicts elsewhere, especially the ones in the Middle East, continue to draw U.S. attention and consume U.S. foreign policy resources, the United States is turning its focus toward China and Asia-Pacific. Fourth, in the mid-2000s, the United States and China made an unprecedented strategic goodwill exchange and agreed to blaze a new path out of the tragedy that often attends great power transition. Fifth, at this time of U.S. strategic reorientation and military rebalancing toward Asia-Pacific, the most dangerous consideration is that Asia-Pacific nations having disputes with China can misread U.S. strategic intentions and overplay the "U.S. card" to pursue their territorial interests and challenge China. Finally, territorial dispute is becoming an urgent issue in the Asia-Pacific
Subject Balance of power
Asia -- Strategic aspects
Pacific Area -- Strategic aspects
United States -- Foreign relations -- 2009-
China -- Foreign relations -- 21st century
Asia -- Foreign relations -- 21st century
Pacific Area -- Foreign relations -- 21st century
Alt Author Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute, publisher
Army War College (U.S.). Press, publisher
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