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PacNet #83 – The China challenge and the US-Japan alliance

The biggest issue for the US-Japan alliance is China. Washington and Tokyo must address the direct challenges that Beijing poses to regional security as well as manage the impact of China’s rise on their bilateral relationship. The latter is the more difficult of the two assignments: while there is considerable common ground in the two countries’ assessment of China, there is a growing gap between Americans and Japanese on how to respond to Chinese behavior.