Great Powers in Asia

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Published on 9 Nov 2017, 19:47
The fates of China, Russia, and the United States, are profoundly bound to the Asian continent. Historically, these powers have shaped and been shaped by Asia, and it is clear that Asia continues to factor centrally in their strategic thinking. In recent years, both Russia and the United States have paid more attention to Asia as a central theater in 21st century geopolitics. With its Belt and Road Initiative and expansive activities in maritime Asia, China is also playing a more active role in Asian geopolitics today. Yet all three powers also face significant uncertainty. The election of Donald Trump thrust uncertainty into the future of US foreign policy, including in Asia. The recent 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was widely interpreted as a prelude to a more assertive China. Russia’s own relations with Beijing and Washington are in flux, and Russia will have its own election in March 2018.

Where does Asia fit in the grand strategic visions of China, Russia, and the U.S.—and what are the implications for regional security? Where is there room for cooperation, and where is there a real possibility of confrontation? What form might either of these take?

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