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Japan’s East Asia Cooperation strategy and China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Marching from Regional Competition to Cooperation

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This paper considers rivalry between China and Japan by asking, what are the reasons for, and measures of, Japan’s competition with China? Is it possible for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to lead the two countries towards future cooperation in East Asia? Through a constructivist and regional approach, it is hypothesized that Japan is using cooperation with states in East Asia to guarantee its national interests in competition with China, but that the BRI may create cooperation possibilities for China and Japan to quell the competition. This paper finds that BRI economic cooperation is viable and may replace competition, but that politically, significant barriers remain.

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East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会

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