In PacNet #88, “Testing China’s – and the State Department’s – nine-dash line claims,” Sourabh Gupta challenged the US Department of State’s Study of China’s nine-dash line claims.
Any review of the major international events of 2014 would certainly include Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the rise of the Islamic State, and the Ebola outbreak. But the most epochal development of the year may turn out to be China’s claim to a leading role in running the world economy.
Confidence in the capacity of the Asia-Pacific region to preserve a flexible but fundamentally robust security order weakened noticeably over the past year. Despite being clearly anticipated and exhaustively studied for some 25 years, the management of the Asia Pacific’s strategic transformation is headed toward outcomes at the worst-case end of the spectrum.
Opinion surveys demonstrate that a majority of Americans consider Asia the most important region to U.S. interests, and a majority of Asia experts support the Obama administration’s goal of a “pivot” or “rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region.
The complicated question of Taiwan’s sovereignty has led to its exclusion from virtually all international security organizations. This marginalization has left a critical hole not only in the security of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens, but also the world at large.
Three years have passed since President Barack Obama laid the groundwork for the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. Support for the rebalance strategy is substantial, but questions remain about its implementation. As China’s power grows and its assertiveness in regional disputes increases, U.S.
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The underlying current of the December election victory by Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is a quiet power shift toward liberal-center forces from the nationalist-right. This is first seen, as was pointed out by Brad Glosserman (“An ugly win for Mr.