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East Asia: Where Eastern and Western Ambitions Meet

Rodger Baker
Senior VP of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor
Zhixing Zhang
Senior East Asia Analyst, Stratfor
Sep 13, 2016 | 08:01 GMT
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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) greets U.S. President Barack Obama at the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 4. East Asia is the site of intense competition between the two leaders' countries.
(GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

From their opposite ends of the Asia-Pacific region, China and the United States have distinct -- though sometimes overlapping -- strategic visions of East Asia. The respective hefts of the United States and China, and the interaction between the status quo power and the emerging power, naturally exert enormous influence on the region, though the countries between these two powers of course have roles to play in determining their fates....

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