China Policy Institute Blog

Taiwan-Japan Relations: Historical Perspective

Written by Bruce Jacobs. After the United States, Japan is second most important country for Taiwan. There are several reasons for this. First, the two countries are geographically close to each other. Second, Japan was Taiwan’s colonial master for fifty years (1895-1945). Third, Japan is an important Asian democracy. Fourth, the two countries have significant …

Chinese and Japanese Nationalism: The Clash and Convergence of Ideologies

Written by Brian J. McVeigh. International relations can be understood by examining detailed specifics (individual leaders, national policies articulated in position papers and laws, etc.). Or they can be appreciated by investigating matters less changeable, such as geopolitical constraints and “deep ideologies”—abiding assumptions that shape the relations between the governed and those who govern, the …

China in Vietnamese Nationalism

Written by Claire Sutherland. China looms large in Vietnamese nationalism to this day, most obviously in ongoing disputes over control of the South China Sea (known as the East Sea in Vietnamese). I was acutely aware of this whilst preparing a recently opened museum exhibition on Vietnamese nation-building entitled ‘Vietnam: A Nation not a War.’ …

Challenges of Taming Nationalism in Northeast Asia

Written by Gi-Wook Shin. In a speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in May 2013, South Korean President Park Geun-hye contended, “Asia suffers from what I call ‘the Asian paradox,’ the disconnect between growing economic interdependence on the one hand, and backward political, security cooperation on the other.” This is, she noted, …

Chinese and Russian National Identity on the 70th Anniversary of WWII

Written by Gilbert Rozman. The year 2015 serves in China to showcase Japan’s alleged transgressions from the postwar order and in Russia to accuse the West of violating that order through the spread of the EU and NATO to the east, denying Russia its legitimate sphere of influence. As the world draws closer to the commemorative …

Why the Pivot Will Fail: Washington Won’t State Its Real Goal

Written by Harry J. Kazianis. I have always been a big believer in goal setting. A simple idea we all take for granted, yet, goals allow one to make simple judgments when it comes to your own personal successes or failures. Metrics can be crafted to judge the strategy you enact to achieve a stated …

Alliances and Partnerships for a Rebalancing United States

Written by Abraham M. Denmark. As the United States continues to rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific, alliances and partnerships will take on a greater significance in this strategy. Whereas Washington was initially focused on enhancing American power in the Asia-Pacific, its strategy is rapidly evolving to one focused on upgrading its alliance and partner relationships in …

Taiwan: Between the pivot and a hard place

Written by J. Michael Cole. More than three years have elapsed since then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton posited the idea of a U.S. “pivot,” or “rebalancing,” to Asia in her article for Foreign Policy magazine. To this day, nobody seems to have a clear idea how to define the nature and shape of the endeavor in …

Making Sense of China’s Reaction to U.S. Rebalance Strategy: What is China’s ambition?

Written by Dingding Chen. The critical assumption behind the U.S. pivot/rebalance strategy in Asia is that the U.S. needs to maintain its hegemonic position in Asia and China is increasingly challenging the U.S. hegemony. Worried that the U.S. might be marginalized in Asia by China’s seemingly unstoppable rise, the U.S. has made great efforts since 2011 …

U.S. Rebalancing Towards the Asia-Pacific: The Defence-Security Dimension

Written by Carlyle A. Thayer. The United States’ policy of rebalancing towards the Asia-Pacific is a multidimensional strategy. This article focuses on the defence-security dimension. It provides the background and rationale for this strategy before turning to major highlights. The article concludes with an assessment of U.S. rebalancing and the strategic uncertainties it has generated. …