East Asia has emerged as both a key engine of global economic growth and the region where U.S. and Chinese interests most clearly intersect.
Ultimately, China presents both geopolitical challenges and potential economic benefits to Southeast Asian countries.
China’s actions in the South China Sea have contributed to a weakening of the international law of the sea.
China’s approach to Japan, its most economically powerful neighbor and a key U.S. treaty ally for nearly 70 years, is an important metric with which to assess China’s rapidly expanding role in the world.
Of all the targets of China’s external policy, Taiwan is unique.
With Beijing’s reset of ties with Pyongyang, China’s posture on North Korea is shifting, including signs that it is prepared to live with a nuclear North Korea.
China sees South Korea as a critical part of its effort to establish its preeminence in Northeast Asia. South Korea’s status in the U.S. alliance architecture as the “linchpin” and its central role regarding North Korea issues have underscored the country’s importance to China’s regional strategy.