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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C),  South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (R) shake hands ahead the ninth trilateral foreign ministers' meeting among China, South Korea and Japan at Gubei Town in Beijing, China, 21 August 2019. Wu Hong/Pool via REUTERS     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC11D4A185B0

Global China: East Asia

Learn more about Global ChinaHow does China view its strategic requirements in East Asia as it expands its global influence and footprint?

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.

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.

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.

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