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China, Japan, and Trump’s America

Japan's anxieties about Donald Trump's "America First" orientation and protectionist policies are not surprising. When two allies’ defense capacities are not symmetrical, the more dependent party is bound to worry more about the partnership.

CAMBRIDGE – The key strategic issue in East Asia is the rise of Chinese power. Some analysts believe that China will seek a form of hegemony in East Asia that will lead to conflict. Unlike Europe, East Asia never fully came to terms with the 1930s, and Cold War divisions subsequently limited reconciliation.