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Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of ChinaPower and Politics in East Asia$
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Robert S. Ross

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501709180

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501709180.001.0001

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Two Asias?

Two Asias?

China’s Rise, Dual Structure, and the Alliance System in East Asia

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(p.100) Chapter 4 Two Asias?
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Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China
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Wang Dong

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501709180.003.0005

This chapter addresses the impact of the rise of China on the growing U.S.–China regional competition. The rise of the Chinese economy has challenged U.S. market dominance in East Asia. In regional security affairs, China has also achieved noticeable gains vis-à-vis the United States; however, its strategic rise remains in its early stages. This distinction between the region's economic and strategic structure has created a great power dual structure in East Asia comprising an “Economic Asia” and a “Security Asia.” China has improved its economic presence in the region, promoting regionwide cooperation within Chinese-led institutions. In security affairs, it has also developed a more proactive policy, but it simultaneously acknowledges the United States as the region's dominant strategic power.

Keywords:   China, Chinese economy, U.S. market dominance, East Asia, security affairs, Economic Asia, Security Asia

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