East Asia

The East Asia program seeks to illuminate and fashion practical solutions to many of the complex security challenges confronting East Asia and the Asia-Pacific region today. Its work related to the PRC and Taiwan focuses heavily on bilateral relations between the United States and the two sides of the Strait, as well as on the dynamic of cross-Strait relations. The analysis of issues involves a detailed examination of Taiwan domestic political developments as well as US strategic interests in the region more broadly. The Program's Japan-centered work examines the implications of Japan's evolving security policy and US-Japan alliance relations, and it seeks to promote bilateral cooperation on a number of regional and global strategic issues. It also deals closely with the Korean Peninsula, exploring North Korean nuclear issues, inter-Korean relations, and the US-ROK alliance.

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Japan’s Foreign Policy Challenges in East Asia
Japan’s Foreign Policy Challenges in East Asia

A new Stimson Center report, with essays written by four Japanese policy analysts, takes a close look at the challenges Japan faces in the coming years. The topics covered in this volume - Japan's relations with China, South Korea, North Korea and Southeast Asia - are all issues of intense policy interest in Washington as well as Tokyo. 

The report, titled "Japan's Foreign Policy

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