1st Edition

Chinese-Japanese Competition and the East Asian Security Complex Vying for Influence

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume examines contemporary diplomatic, economic, and security competition between China and Japan in the Asia-Pacific region.

    The book outlines the role that Sino-Japanese competition plays in East Asian security, an area of study largely overlooked in contemporary writing on Asian security, which tends to focus on US–China relations and/or US hegemony in Asia. The volume focuses on Chinese and Japanese foreign policy under President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and regional security dynamics within and between Asian states/institutions since 2012. It employs regional security complex theory as a theoretical framework to view Chinese and Japanese competition in the Asian region. In doing so, the volume draws on a "levels of analysis" approach to demonstrate the value in looking at security in the Asia-Pacific from a regional rather than global perspective. The vast majority of existing research on the region’s security tends to focus on great power relations and treats Asia as a sub-region within the larger global security architecture. In contrast, this volume shows how competition between the two largest Asian economies shapes East Asia’s security environment and drives security priorities across Asia’s sub-regions. As such, this collection provides an important contribution to discussion on security in Asia; one with potential to influence both political and military policy makers, security practitioners, and scholars.

    This book will be of much interest to students of Asian politics, regional security, diplomacy, and international relations.

    Foreword, Michael Jonathan Green

    1. Sino-Japanese Competition in East Asia’s Emerging Security Complex, Jeffrey Reeves

    2. Framing Sino-Japan competition: drivers and responses across the military, economic, and diplomatic sectors, Jeffrey Reeves and Jeffrey Hornung

    PART I: Security Institutions

    3. Sino-Japanese competition over regional institutions in Asia, Mie Oba

    4. China, Japan, and economic security competition (and cooperation) in the Asia-Pacific, Ramon Pacheco Pardo

    5. Sino-Japanese Competition and Energy Security, Vlado Vivoda

    PART II: Security Issues

    6. Sino-Japan Relations in Asia’s Maritime Worlds: Rivalry in the East and South China Seas, Kerry Lynn Nankivell

    7. From Backdoor to Bridge: Japan as a Western Power in Cyberspace, Lora Saalman

    PART III: Security Relations

    8. Australia Navigates Sino-Japanese Competition: Engaging, Binding and Hedging, Nick Bisley

    9. Vietnam between China and Japan in the Asian Security Complex, Alexander L. Vuving and Thuy T. Do

    10. Navigating between the Dragon and the Sun: The Philippines’ Gambit of Pitting Japan against China in the South China Sea Dispute, Renato Cruz De Castro

    Chapter 11: Conclusion: Vying for Influence: Sino-Japanese Competition in Perspective, Kerry Lynn Nankivell, Jeffrey Hornung, and Jeffrey Reeves


    Jeffrey Reeves is Associate Professor in the College of Security Studies at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, US.

    Jeffrey Hornung is a Political Scientist in the Defense and Political Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation, US.

    Kerry Lynn Nankivell is Associate Professor in the College of Security Studies at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, US.