Middle power cooperation is always a good thing, but it can never be a substitute for the constraining role that the US continues to play in East Asia and China knows it. Thus, your notion of a “faltering US” is a little over the top. The Obama administration is doing a credible job sustaining a balance between America’s presence in the turbulent Middle East and South Asia and looking over the shoulders of a “risen” PRC.
PacNet #10R – Response to PacNet #10
February 3, 2014