East Asian regional security

East Asian regional security

Japan-US relations are the key to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region

Paper examining the security environment and regional security cooperation in East Asia, the major security agenda in the North-East Asia and Japan's security policy in the post-cold war period and East Asia.

Conclusions include the following:

  • challenges to peace and stability in the region consist of twotypes. One is inherent sub-regional problems and the other comes from common regional issues of a transnational nature
  • Northeast Asia is the only region in which the complexly interrelated interests of all four major powers overlap. On the other hand, each of the bilateral relationships between major powers has a different aspect and dimension
  • so far, the Korean Peninsula issue and the security in the Taiwan Strait are the most serious and common sub-regional concerns that involve the national interests and security of major actors
  • the Japan-US relationship will play a major role in maintaining peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
  • Japan-US cooperation in the area of security must be considered not only from the bilateral viewpoint but, from the broader perspective of security in the Asia-Pacific region as a whole
  • Japan-US Security Arrangements remains an indispensable precondition for the security of Japan even in the post-Cold War security environment and the range in which Japan and the US can cooperate for the security of Asia-Pacific is expected to widen

[adapted from author]

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