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The ‘Rebalance’ and the Dangers of America’s Creeping Containment of China

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With its ‘rebalance’ towards the Asia-Pacific region, the United States is in danger of falling into a policy of seeking to contain China’s rise rather than to engage with it constructively. In many ways this is an unconscious hang over from the Cold War era and has been reinforced by the apparent centrality of military and maritime, rather than political and economic expressions of interest in the region. This policy will prove counterproductive and is likely to alarm prospective allies and partners in the region. It will increase tensions and could potentially drag the United States into commitments that are not in its interest.

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Strategic Partner ASEAN Regional Forum Security Treaty Security Commitment Maritime Dispute 
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