The Troubled Triangle pp Cite as. For over half a century, the United States has played a role in shaping order in East Asia. Over the decades, the United States found itself playing a hegemonic role in the region—providing security, underwriting stability, promoting open markets, and fostering alliance and political partnerships.
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Egberink, F. Hayton, Bill. Abad Jr.
What will govern predictable and peaceable interaction among states in the Asia-Pacific? For decades, US policy has implicitly encouraged this bifurcated order. It allowed them to engage China with minimal fear of domination while simultaneously avoiding overdependence on the United States.
Member of China Studies Centre. Associate Professor Yuan specializes in Asia-Pacific security, Chinese defence and foreign policy, and global and regional arms control and non-proliferation issues. He is the co-author of China and India: Cooperation or Conflict?
The study of East Asian foreign policies has progressed in sync with mainstream international relations IR theories: 1 from perhaps an inadvertent or unconscious coincidence with realism during the Cold War to consciously using different theoretical tools to study the various aspects of East Asian foreign policies; and 2 from the dominance of realism to a diversity of theories in studying East Asian foreign policies. Nonetheless, the old issues from the Cold War have not been resolved; the Korean Peninsula and the Taiwan Strait remain two flashpoints in the region, with new twists that can derail regional stability and prosperity. New issues also have emerged and made East Asia most volatile.