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International Politics in the East Asian Seas : Forecast for the East Asian Maritime Security Environment based on the U.S.’ Pivot to Asia

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2013, 28(2), pp.43-74
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2013.28.2.002
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation

LIM KYUNG HAN 1

1해군사관학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The United States’ Asia-focused strategy will bring about competition among East Asian nations according to the realist perspective. As the U.S. tries to engage in a number of territorial disputes in the East Asian Seas, there has emerged a “U.S, vs. China” competition, or, broadly, “maritime power vs. land power.” Due to such competition, the uncertainty in East Asian maritime security has escalated more than ever. The U.S.’ pivot to Asia is likely to bring about significant change in East Asian maritime security environment in that such a stern pose is prone to end up in competition between the U.S. and China to become the maritime hegemon. The stronger the U.S. poses the Asia-focused strategy, the more careful South Korea should be in choosing its strategy. Under such a circumstance, South Korea needs to come up with a maritime strategy that enables its intention to be portrayed.

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