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Author Lai, David, 1955- author

Title Asia-Pacific : a strategic assessment / David Lai
Published Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 95 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents 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
Summary 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
Notes "May 2013."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 71-87)
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
digitized 2011 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda MiAaHDL
PDF version; title from title page (viewed May 31, 2013)
Subject Balance of power
Balance of power.
Diplomatic relations.
Internationell säkerhet.
Strategic aspects of individual places.
Asia -- Foreign relations -- 21st century
Asia -- Strategic aspects
China -- Foreign relations -- 21st century
Pacific Area -- Foreign relations -- 21st century
Pacific Area -- Strategic aspects
United States -- Foreign relations -- 2009-2017
Pacific Area.
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Army War College (U.S.). Press, publisher
Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute, issuing body