Regional sensitivities demand that Tokyo balance rearmament initiatives with confidence-building measures.
Though offensive realists overestimate the likelihood of Sino-American conflict, the United States must still take steps to guard against a Chinese push for regional hegemony.
The Chinese government’s reaction to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong will have direct implications for China’s internal development and its future role in the region.
Chinese military modernization is a strictly defensive move taken in response to aggressive neighboring states.
Japanese reinstatement of its whaling programs—against the ruling of the International Court of Justice—will undermine the legitimacy of Japan as a credible and reliable international actor.