Washington, April 27, 2012 — The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, but it will confront difficult challenges between now and 2025 that could greatly affect its future. In The China Challenge: Military, Economic and Energy Choices Facing the U.S.-Japan Alliance, released today by the Center for a New American Security in advance of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's visit to the United States, four experts argue that the United States and Japan must address a host of defense, economic and energy security issues over the next decade if the alliance is to maintain its power as China continues to rise.
Authors Dr. Patrick Cronin, Zachary Hosford and Daniel Katz of CNAS and Paul Giarra of Global Strategies and Transformation make the following concrete recommendations for the alliance that will help the two nations build an even stronger alliance over the coming decade:
The authors conclude that "Whether a powerful U.S.-Japan alliance will endure into the next decade and beyond chiefly depends on how well Washington and Tokyo deal with major military, economic and energy challenges. Although each dimension of power is complex, basic policy choices will require coming to grips with the challenge and opportunity posed by a rising China."
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