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PacNet #40B – “A New Type of Great-Power Relations” and the Implications for South Korea

Brad Glosserman’s recent comment on proposals for a “new type of great-power relations” between Washington and Beijing (“A new type of great power relations? Hardly,” PacNet #40) concludes that the US and China envisage some kind of Cold War framework. His rather jaundiced view of the prospects for a new era in US-China relations derives from an overtly Western perspective on security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, in which China is regarded as nakedly ambitious to reestablish its Middle Kingdom hegemony. Let me offer an Asian view on what this new pattern of great-power relations between Washington and Beijing might look like.