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(Analysis) Maritime Engagement Strategies of Japan and China Towards Southeast Asia: an Indonesian Perspective

2014-12-30 08:51:10       source:Eurasia Review

By Rocky Intan

December 28, 2014

"With the ascendancy of China, much attention has been given to the geopolitical competition between China and the United States. The dynamics in the former's rise and the latter's relative decline have come to be regarded as the most important bilateral relationship of the century.1 Yet, one should not ignore the relationship of China with another major power in the region, Japan. The rise of China is a more urgent matter for Japan due to simple geographical reasons.

Indeed, geopolitical tensions have coloured relations between both countries. Both China and Japan at various times have been eager participants in constructing and engaging the regional security architecture in the Asia Pacific. Both countries have also been at loggerheads, however, over various issues from the visits of Japanese officials to the Yasukuni Shrine to the status of the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands."

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