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United States’ “Pivot” Towards Asia-Pacific: Rationale, Goals and Implications for the Relationship with China


  • Iulia Monica Oehler-Sincai


In this paper we bring to the forefront the complexity of the networked relationships in the IndoAsia-Pacific space and their multi-layered structure (including economy, development, culture, security, defence, history, diplomacy). In spite of the dynamism and deep transformations of the Asian economies during the last decades, the US has only recently started to rebalance towards this region. Among the determinants of the new strategy there could be identified: tapping the economic potential of the region; countering the rise of China and counterbalancing regional alliances; redefining norms and rules in Asia-Pacific. From the variable geometry alliances in AsiaPacific, we analyze two case studies, US-China-India and US-China-ASEAN and underline that: (1) not only the US, but also other stakeholders such as India are rebalancing towards AsiaPacific; (2) the new strategy reflects two contradictory objectives of the US foreign policy: a constructive relationship with China, on the one hand and strengthening alliances to the detriment of China in order to counter its rise, on the other hand. In our view, until the US presidential elections are not expected major foreign policy changes, nevertheless starting with 2017 the “pivot” towards Asia-Pacific might become even more evident.

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  • Iulia Monica Oehler-Sincai, 2016. "United States’ “Pivot” Towards Asia-Pacific: Rationale, Goals and Implications for the Relationship with China," Knowledge Horizons - Economics, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, vol. 8(1), pages 25-31, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:khe:journl:v:8:y:2016:i:1:p:25-31

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    1. George Cornel Dumitrescu & Simona Moagar Poladian, 2016. "The Pillars of the Chinese Asertiveness in the 21st Century," Revista de Economie Mondiala / The Journal of Global Economics, Institute for World Economy, Romanian Academy, vol. 8(1).
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    1. Cristian Moisoiu, 2017. "Gateways of Eurasia: New Challenges, New Opportunities," Global Economic Observer, "Nicolae Titulescu" University of Bucharest, Faculty of Economic Sciences;Institute for World Economy of the Romanian Academy, vol. 5(1), pages 36-44, June.

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