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Issues & Insights Vol. 06 – No. 01

January 1, 2006

U.S. policy in East Asia and especially toward the People’s Republic of China is evolving in the Bush administration’s second term. Gone are references to “the best ever” in describing Sino-U.S. relations; added are new concerns centered around China’s international diplomacy in areas far afield from Asia and a more vigorous emphasis by Washington on the promotion of freedom and democracy. Greater attention is being paid to a not-so-new but increasingly active potential “battlefield”: multilateral mechanisms in and around East Asia, especially those that might exclude the United States.