September 1, 2014
U.S. Policy: Balancing in Asia, and Rebalancing to Asia

by Jeffrey A. Bader

The Obama administration has characterized its policy toward the Asia-Pacific region as one of "rebalancing," by which it means assigning higher priority and political, economic, and security resources to the region because of its dynamism and opportunities for the U.S. The fundamental elements of the rebalancing have included:

• Strengthening of relationships with allies and partners, including emerging powers such as India and Indonesia;

• Embedding the U.S. in the emerging political, security, and economic architecture, including the East Asia Summit, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and a more extensive and structured relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); and

• Maintaining a positive and stable relationship with China, in which cooperation on global issues develops and competition on security and economic issues is contained and managed.

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