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United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific: Perspectives from Asia By Yoichiro Sato ...

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United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific:

Chapter 1

Introduction

Engaging the United States—Asian Perspectives

Yoichiro Sato

“[T]he U.S. is genuinely, thoroughly committed to deepening our regional engagement and deepening our regional partnerships. And you will see continuity of focus from the State Department and the Administration towards the East Asia and the Pacific region.”

– Daniel R. Russel,
US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific1

This volume brings together Asia-based experts of international relations and U.S. foreign policy. The purpose of this mix is to present diverse Asian views of US engagement in the region and compare with US interests. With the rise of Chinese power over the next decades as a key driving factor in international relations in the Asia Pacific, the United States has announced its rebalance to Asia (also referred to as pivot to Asia) strategy. Asian perceptions of and responses to US strategy have been diverse. Misconceptions of US strategy can be attributed to the built-in contradictions among its objectives, deliberate ambiguities left by the architects of the strategy, mismatch between the stated strategy and actual