Japan's new thinking on regionalism is a means of soft balancing that counters a rising Chinese influence. A "hard" balancing strategy through an alliance with the United States is insufficient because the Chinese economy is indispensable for Japan's prosperity and because China is rising through soft power. Japan's response uses the concept of community based on universal values.
Research Article| May 01 2010
Japan's New Regionalism: China Shock, Values, and the East Asian Community
Asian Survey (2010) 50 (3): 497–519.
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Yul Sohn; Japan's New Regionalism: China Shock, Values, and the East Asian Community. Asian Survey 1 May 2010; 50 (3): 497–519. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2010.50.3.497
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