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US ‘Architecture’ Building Strategy in East Asia and China’s Strategic Discourse

Choo Jaewoo 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

The US in 2010 proclaimed of its return to Asia as the cornerstone of its foreign policy in the 21st century. The implications of the policy is to reiterate America’s commitment to Asia and to let Asia know that the US holds a strong stake in the region. As part of its efforts, the US has delivered a more specific measures as in building an “architecture” in the region. This architecture concept is extended to America’s strategic thinking on the prospective regional order against the rapid rise of China. The main framework of the concept is to be founded on multilateralism, coupled with bilateralism as supplementary. However, a series of statements and foreign policies indicate that the true foundation of the architecture is bilateralism based on value sharing and alliance. While China’s own conceptualization of multilateralism fundamentally differs from that of the US, China’s bilateralism is also driven by different means, i.e. “common interest.” From this perspective, the paper concludes conceptual conflict in these concepts will be the driving force behind conflicts and instability in the bilateral relationship between the two regional giant states.

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