January 27, 2014

Rocky Waters Between China, Japan Could Buffet U.S.

Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

The Associated Press

In this case, the best way to walk that fine line is to be more, not less, present in the region. If the nations of East and Southeast Asia know they can count on a U.S. presence, they are more likely to band together to quietly resist Chinese bullying. Neighboring countries are less likely to worry about the Japanese military modernization, which the United States favors. Japan is likelier to respond with forbearance to Chinese provocations, and China and Korea are likelier to defuse their tensions.

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TAGGED: Japan, China, United States, Asia Pivot

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