The next President will need to consolidate our strengthened partnerships with Japan, India and Australia and pay renewed attention to critical alliances that have entered a period of drift — particularly the US-ROK alliance.
The components of this approach must:
- be carefully tailored to avoid forcing a strategic choice on those nations that do not want to choose between China and the United State in Asia
- include continuing strategic dialogue with the European Union on China and Asia strategy, which generally will be an important part of the regional strategy for managing China’s rise
- be based on a recognition of the need for balancing and hedging, but confident in the steady spread of universal ideals in Asia that reinforce the American edge and shape the regional environment in ways that will encourage positive change in China’s own attitude on rule of law, governance, human rights and even political participation
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