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Geopolitics and the Western Pacific

China, Japan and the US, 1st Edition

By Leszek Buszynski


212 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series

Series editors: Leszek Buszynski and William Tow, both Australian National University


New security concerns are emerging in the Asia Pacific region as global players face challenges from rising great powers, all of which interact with confident middle powers in complicated ways. This series puts forward important new work on key security issues in the region. It embraces the roles of the major actors, their defense policies and postures and their security interaction over the key issues of the region. It includes coverage of the United States, China, Japan, Russia, the Koreas, as well as the middle powers of ASEAN and South Asia. It also covers issues relating to environmental and economic security as well as transnational actors and regional groupings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies