Special Report: The Balance of Power in Asia

Special Report: The Balance of Power in Asia

After decades of peace and growing prosperity, the strategic environment in Asia is increasingly marked by tension and rivalry. China’s rise as an economic and military power has forced its neighbors to reassess their relative standing. Some, like India, have pushed back directly against growing Chinese influence where they can. Others, like Vietnam, have set aside historical enmity to seek closer ties with the United States. Meanwhile, a region-wide arms race is gathering steam, especially in naval capabilities. World Politics Review takes this opportunity to review the strategic environment in Asia through recently published articles on the Balance of Power in Asia.

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China’s Military Buildup Stokes Regional Arms Race
By Richard Weitz
March 16, 2010

Vietnam Balances Pro-China Bent with ‘Cold War’ Hedge
By Luke Hunt
June 15, 2010

Japan Counters China’s Naval Build-Up

By David Axe
July 7, 2010

U.S., China Court Indonesia with Arms and Military Ties
By Fabio Scarpello
Aug. 29, 2010

China’s Naval Build-Up and Its Implications for the Asia-Pacific Region
By Abraham Denmark and Zachary Hosford
Sept. 14, 2010

U.S.-Vietnam Nuclear Deal Reflects Bilateral, Regional Priorities
By Saurav Jha
Sept. 17, 2010


Institutions and Order in the Asia Century
By Hugh White
June 1, 2010

Why Asian Regionalism Matters
By Amitav Acharya
June 1, 2010

The U.S. and the East Asia Summit
By Prashanth Parameswaran
June 2, 2010

Shangri-La Dialogue Highlights Challenges for Asian Regional Security
By Greg Lowe
June 9, 2010

India-China Relations

China and Pakistan Renew Atomic Friendship
By Saurav Jha
April 27, 2010

Stakes High for India, China in Nepal Crisis

By Vishal Arora
May 7, 2010

India’s Flawed Myanmar Policy
By Vishal Arora
Aug. 4, 2010

China’s Rise Adds Urgency to India-South Korea Ties
By Harsh V. Pant
Sept. 7, 2010

China’s Kashmir Gambit Raises Stakes in India-Pakistan Dispute

By Saurav Jha
Sept. 7, 2010