T O W A R D A N I N
26 February 2021
Strategy in East Asia Table of Contents Executive Summary 3 About the Authors 6 Acknowledgments 7 America’s Interests in East Asia and the Need for a New Strategy 8 Three Key Trends in East Asia and U. [...] Their feedback was invaluable in helping to refine and inform the report’s content, though the analysis and recommendations are the responsibility of the authors alone. 7 | A New U. [...] interests in East Asia are (1) a shift in the regional balance of economic and military power, (2) associated increases in regional tensions, and (3) the growing intensity of transnational challenges. A Shifting Regional Balance of Power There has been a significant shift in the distribution of economic and military power in East Asia over the past few decades, driven above all by China’s e. [...] This shift in the military balance in Asia is partly a consequence of the changing nature of warfare and military technology in the past few decades, especially the development of asymmetric defensive capabilities such as precision-guided munitions, as well as the sheer “tyranny of distance” confronting U. [...] military power, especially in the waters within the so-called first island chain extending from the Kuril Islands in the northeast along the Japanese home islands, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Borneo to the Strait of Malacca in the southwest. 8 These various developments have contributed to a relative decline in American military and economic power and influence in East Asia.