US-Asia Relations: Ringing China

Watch this briefing on US-Asia relations by the consulting group Stratfor Global Intelligence, which focuses on India, Japan and the Philippines:

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4 thoughts on “US-Asia Relations: Ringing China

  1. Lily Yao

    The relationship between the US and Asia is changing. As the video has mentioned, US is trying to form stronger partnership with India, Japan and Philippines, so as to balance the military expansion in China. However, is it better to join the US alliance? Or is it better to maintain a good relationship with China? There is no easy answer and the globe is now searching for a new balance. But if US would like to maintain its leadership in the East Asia region, I think, it has to use different approaches and pay more attention in promoting regional cooperation, as well as actively engage in the region.

    Here is another interesting article “United States in Multilateral East Asia – Dealing with the Rise of China” by Chika Yamamoto:

    http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/2011/winter/yamamoto.pdf

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  2. Kenneth Chan

    The recent proactive attitude of the US in building bilateral cooperative agreements with other Asian countries and Australia is the response of China’s assertiveness in claiming its territories over South China Sea and Diaoyu Island. With the increase of skeptical attitude towards China, the US made use of this opportunity to build close relationships with other Asian countries so as to increase, or at least maintain, its influential power and interests over the region.

    In fact, I think many Asian countries emotionally do not like China as afterall it is a communist (though China is not actually practising it) and autocratic country, in contrasting with their capitalist and democratic systems. However, in view of the huge economic benefits, they will still do business with China, which further strengthen the power of China. To balance the rising China whom they do not like and trust, it would be inevitable for them to get closer to the US to seek security umbrella.

    Unless China can turn into a democratic and free nation (which I do not see it can in near future)and demonstrated it is a nation caring justice in other parts of the world instead of always claiming not to interfere other nations’ ‘internal politics’, the US will be able to maintain its great influential power over East Asia since most countries only trust the US, not China. Without others’ trust, China will no longer be a real leader in the region.

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  3. Brian

    Kenneth makes a great point. All nations in the region are undertaking a very painful balancing act. They have to maintain strong trade relations with China despite having significant ideological differences. They also have to do their best to ensure that they are not bullied. This is a huge motivating factor for them to embrace the States.

    I don’t necessarily believe that the United State’s goal of strengthening partnerships with 3 democracies in the region is simply to build a power web to contain China militarily (nor is it a question of which side countries within the region should choose). Looking at the decision from an economic perspective, it only seems logical for the United States to strengthen ties with Japan and India, two of the region’s largest economies behind China. Increasing relations with these nations in the region facilitates trade in addition to helping the U.S. become economically less reliant on China. Granted, I’m sure establishing a hedge against the rise of China was somewhat of a motivating factor.

    I did find it interesting how the Stratfor analyst stated that working with India, Japan, and the Philippines requires very different approaches, particularly when he said that an increase in Sino-American relations could potentially push India closer to Washington. It makes for an interesting dynamic.

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