Jan 31

Past Event

Understanding the U.S. Pivot to Asia

Event Materials



  • Not a Blueprint for Containment

    Jeffrey A. Bader: This rebalancing policy isn’t a blueprint for containment against China; rather, it’s a means to nurture a more positive relationship with China.

    Jeffrey A. Bader

  • China's Regional Economic Weight

    Kenneth G. Lieberthal: Every country in Asia can see the potential this policy offers, though none are willing to jeopardize their economic relationship with China to see it implemented.

    Kenneth G. Lieberthal

  • Many Reasons for Re-Balancing in Asia

    Richard C. Bush III: This effort to rebalance the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific was influenced by multiple factors and events in the entire region.

    Richard C. Bush III

  • Military Aspects of U.S.-China Strategy

    Jonathan Pollack: There are some people here in the U.S. who would look at China’s growing military power and say, “let’s not cut defense spending, let’s beef it up.”

    Jonathan D. Pollack

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The Obama administration has adopted a policy of rebalancing toward Asia and in recent months has detailed this in military, economic and trade, human rights and diplomatic initiatives. President Barack Obama has personally affirmed that the U.S. will play a leadership role in Asia for many years to come. While this set of policies is not entirely new, it is sufficiently distinctive as a package to warrant examination as to its feasibility and likely impact.

On January 31, the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings hosted a discussion examining the announced rebalancing initiatives and their likely impact, especially on U.S.-China relations. Panelists also analyzed two key pillars of this effort, the evolution of U.S. force deployments in Asia, and the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) initiative on economic and trade issues.

After each panel, speakers took audience questions.

Read Richard Bush's remarks on the response of China's neighbors to the U.S. "Pivot" to Asia »

Event Agenda


January 31, 2012

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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