1st Edition

Geopolitics and the Western Pacific China, Japan and the US

By Leszek Buszynski Copyright 2019
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the development of China’s national ambitions under its current leader Xi Jinping and the dilemma they present for the United States and also Japan. It emphasises the importance of geopolitics, that is the way national strategies and policies are shaped and in some cases determined by geographic location. Focusing especially on China’s national rejuvenation and its rapidly growing military capability and navy, and on the likely impact on the region of China regaining the status and influence it enjoyed in dynastic times, the book highlights the hard choices faced by the United States as it seeks to protect its geopolitical position in the Western Pacific, particularly in the South China Sea, the Korean Peninsula and the Taiwan straits. How far should the United States confront China or accommodate China, possibly at the risk of undermining its geopolitical position and its alliance relationships with Japan, Australia and South Korea? The book also discusses the degree to which issues of institution building and economic interdependence can overcome or constrain geopolitical calculations.

    Chapter one: Geopolitics

    Chapter two: Domestic drivers of China’s geopolitics

    Chapter three: The geopolitics of the South China Sea: China’s claim

    Chapter four: The geopolitics and the South China Sea: China’s strategic interest

    Chapter five: The geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula: great power rivalry

    Chapter six: The geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula: North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles

    Chapter seven: Geopolitics and Japan

    Chapter eight: The geopolitics of the US and the Western Pacific

    The future


    Leszek Buszynski is a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University.