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Uncertainty: New normal for regional security (Part 1 of 2)

  • Jusuf Wanandi

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  02:09 am

The new normal for security developments in East Asia, the Asia Pacific and the Indo-Pacific is uncertainty. Actually, relative power adjustment was initiated during the Obama administration in its attempt to respond to the challenge from China by “rebalancing the strategic presence” of the United States in the Asia Pacific region, but it was unsuccessful. China’s rise constitutes a strategic rivalry in the US’ eyes, and Washington’s strategic response thereto is a new idea, named Indo-Pacific cooperation.

Initially the US considered this as a security cooperation starting with the Quad or Quadrilateral Security Cooperation among the US, Japan, India and Australia since 2007, renewed in 2017, according to the US 2017 National Security Strategy. However, the Indo-Pacific idea has many interpretations and garners many different supporters.

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