Mirroring foreign relations following World War II, it appears Japan is once again beholden to the US to preserve regional security. The US must toe a careful line between advancing Japanese interests and containing China.
Ian Bremmer and David Grodon argue that while the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the US shale revolution have broad implications for China, they are President Obama’s most important foreign policy tools and are not meant to contain China.
China is fully aware that a peaceful and stable Middle East is in the interest of the people in the region as well as the interest of the international community. This understanding is the starting point on which China bases its treatment of the Middle East issues.
The rise in the economic and military power of China, and the fear it invokes in American leaders, mirrors Thucydides’ explanation of the Peloponnesian War creating a modern-day Athens and Sparta.
Now that Washington has sent Beijing a clear message it will be around for the long haul, however, the time has come for the two countries to deepen and institutionalize relationship to secure Asia’s lasting peace and prosperity.
China-watchers look on to see how current territorial disputes in the East China Sea will be addressed as Japanese Prime Minister Abe heads to the United States. Backtracking by the Obama administration may appease Abe in the short term, but will enrage China further complicating Sino-US relations.
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