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Pacific currents: the responses of U.S. allies and security partners in East Asia to China's rise

Pacific currents: the responses of U.S. allies and security partners in East Asia to China's rise

Medeiros, Evan S., author; Crane, Keith, author; Levin, Norman D., author; Heginbotham, Eric, author; Rabasa, Angel, author; Lowell, Julia, 1961- author

China's economic, military, and diplomatic power has been on the rise, and many worry that it is nudging aside U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific region. To explore this issue, the authors examined six specific U.S. allies and partners--Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. From extensive in-country interviews, trade and poll data, etc., they examined the responses in each nation to China's rise and assessed the implications for U.S. regional security interests. The six nations see China primarily as a source of economic opportunity, but many have concerns about China's regional goals. They want China to be engaged regionally in productive ways but do not want to allow it to become dominant. They find U.S. security commitments reassuring, bolstering their ability to engage China with confidence. The six nations clearly want U.S. involvement in the region to continue--but sometimes only in certain ways, at certain times, and on particular issues. Thus, they are pulling China closer for the economic opportunities it offers and the United States closer for the general reassurance its long-standing power and influence provide.--Publisher description

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2008

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Statement of responsibility: Evan S. Medeiros, Keith Crane, Eric Heginbotham, Norman D. Levin, Julia F. Lowell, Angel Rabasa, Somi Seong
ISBN: 0833044648, 0833047086, 1282033115, 9780833044648, 9780833047083, 9781282033115
EAN: 9786612033117
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-279).
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxviii, 279 pages) : color illustrations, color map
Other Number: 9786612033117
Subject: Australien.; China Foreign relations Pacific Area.; National security International cooperation.; China Foreign relations 21st century.; Pacific Area Foreign relations China.; China foreign policy.; Security, International.; Pacific Area.; China.; Ostasien.; Security, International Pacific Area.; National security Pacific Area.; National security.; international relations Pacific China.; Internationale Politik.; United States.; Pacific Area Foreign relations 21st century.; National security United States.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Globalization.; USA.; POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations General.; Diplomatic relations.
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  1. Introduction
  2. China's changing economic relations with Asia
  3. Japan
  4. South Korea
  5. The Philippines
  6. Thailand
  7. Singapore
  8. Australia
  9. Conclusions.