Asia Program

The U.S.-Japan-China Triangle: Who's the Odd Man Out?

Ezra Vogel, Gilbert Rozman, and Ming Wan

The three essays in this Special Report explore U.S.–Japan–China triangular relations. Ezra F. Vogel of Harvard University suggests that the United States should encourage Japanese and Chinese economic integration as well as their efforts at reconciliation on the historical issues dividing them. Gilbert Rozman of Princeton University points out two dangerous tendencies in the triangle: an assertive Chinese nationalism that undermines mutual trust and regional cooperation, and an insensitive Japan that fails to build bridges with its neighbors. Ming Wan of George Mason University argues that the United States should continue to collaborate with Japan while simultaneously adopting cooperative measures toward China, to help improve Sino-Japanese relations. All three essays applaud the improvement in Japan-China relations in recent years.

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