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The Asian side of the world - II

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Jean-François Sabouret

Part One. Regional dynamics and globalization

War or Peace?

The Asia-Pacific region in the year 2013

Roger Williames

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April 2013

In the Asia-Pacific region, the year 2012 was marked by repeated demonstrations of diverse forces by, on the one side, China, the emerging superpower feared more and more by its neighbours. Lee Kuan Yew, former adviser to Chinese decision-makers, said recently that Asia needs a reinforced US military presence more than ever in order to contain the “hegemony” of one of the oldest empires in the world. The forces on the other side other side include Japan, India, Viet Nam and the Philippines. The tension over Senkaku/Diaoyu Island between China and Japan, instead of being reduced, became greater and greater at the beginning of the year of snake, with closer and closer confrontations between military and quasi-military aircraft and ships belonging to China, Japan and the US. Not to mention the arms race among the main competitors: China, Japan, India, Viet Nam, the Philippines, the two Koreas and Taiwan.

One conflict can masque hide others. The sovereignty claimed by both Japa...

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