October 24, 2013

Shifting Military Balance in East Asia

On Friday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted a half-day conference, on the strategic choices facing China, Japan, and the United States in East Asia.

View the conference by session below:

Introduction: Strategy in East Asia and the East China Sea
Session 1: The Military Balance on East Asia
Session 2: The Role of the US-Japan Alliance in Maintaining Stability in East Asia
End Keynote: Putting the East China Sea and East Asia Into Strategic Context

Jointly organized with the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), the conference will bring together experts with deep experience in U.S. and Japanese policy and Asian security issues from Capitol Hill, academia and think tanks.

For more information on the conference topics and participants, please visit: http://www.cnas.org/strategic-military-balance-in-east-asia-live-stream

Over the past decade, the military balance of power in the Western Pacific has shifted dramatically, primarily due to the quantitative and qualitative rise of the military and paramilitary forces of China. Further changes will occur with the United States’ continuing strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and Japan’s gradual movement toward a more normal defense posture. This conference will seek to examine the strategic goals and imperatives for each of the three protagonists in the neighborhood, identify present and future military trends and explore the role of the U.S.-Japan alliance in maintaining stability in East Asia.


The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent and nonpartisan research institution that develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.