US and East Asian security under the Obama presidency: A Japanese perspective

Yoshihide Soeya

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The most important factor determining the structure of East Asia will continue to be the strategic relationship between the USA and China. It is the key component of the six party talks on the North Korean problem as well as nuclear nonproliferation. Japan is obviously a lesser strategic player, which is in a position to encourage middle-power security cooperation among the East Asian countries breathing between the USA and China. There is a conceptual, if not geopolitical, competition between Japan and China over an ideal future of East Asian regionalism, which the East Asian countries and the USA should join in a constructive manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-307
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Economic Policy Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • East Asian regionalism
  • Middle-power security cooperation
  • North Korea
  • USA alliances with Japan and South Korea
  • USA-China strategic relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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