In the s a balance or pattern of power grew up in Asia and the Pacific, the central feature of which was the conflict between the Sino-Soviet bloc and the American alliance system. It is obvious that this pattern has been disintegrating in the course of the last decade, and that in the s it will be replaced by something quite new. What this new balance will be we cannot say with any assurance, but certain propositions may be tentatively advanced. The new balance will rest primarily upon an equilibrium among three great powers-the United States, the Soviet Union and China-and the principal uncertainty is whether they will be joined by a fourth, Japan. Each of the three present great powers gains from the conflict between the other two although only up to a point: it is unlikely that any of them wishes to see the others embroiled in a nuclear war. Each fears that the other two will combine against it.
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The U. Tensions between nation states in the Asia-Pacific will have profound and uncertain implications for war and peace in the 21st century. The region is moving from an open and consensual order to one defined more by competition and zero-sum politics between the two largest players in the area, the United States and China. To make sense of these long-term trends, the Lowy Institute Asia Power Index is an analytical tool that tracks changes in the distribution of power in the region.
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Subscriber Account active since. Free subscriber-exclusive audiobook! Get it now on Libro. The gap between Chinese and US influence in Asia has narrowed, a reflection of an ongoing rebalance in the region and of political decisions in both countries.
So the strategic situation in Asia is dominated by a dynamic of tension, mainly emanating from the Chinese mainspring, leading in turn to the strengthening of military capacity and posing some difficult choices for governments across the region and elsewhere. This lack of progress, despite the disruptions that followed the end of the Cold War, poses a real challenge to Europe which, on the contrary, is intent upon reshaping itself according to completely different principles. The end of the Cold War and the strategic empowerment that this has brought about have permitted a more violent expression of ancient ambitions backed up with new material resources 2.