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Insight: East Asia needs a steering committee

  • Rizal Sukma

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 4 2012   /  07:00 am

Signs of competition between China and the United States in the Asia-Pacific region have become more visible over the last few years. While official pronouncements in Beijing and Washington continue to emphasize the need for a cooperative relationship, in reality, both sides increasingly see each other as potential competitors.

From China’s side, one often hears voices describing the US as a declining power intent on containing China’s rise to primacy in the region. From the US’ side, China is believed to have the intention, and soon the capacity, to challenge American primacy in the Asia-Pacific region.

However, there are reasons to believe that both powers would try their best to manage that emerging competition within the predominantly cooperative relationship between the two. In other words, while elements of competition are inevitable in the US-China relationsh...