As the U.S. Pivots to Asia, China Reasserts Its Influence

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

japan, biden, tokyo, diplomacy Vice President Joe Biden at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on December 3, 2013. (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty)

Vice President Joe Biden's tour through Southeast Asia has proved to be a balancing act, as China asserts its power over the disputed territory in the East China Sea.

As the U.S. attempts its "pivot" to Asia, a region of growing economic power with potential new markets for American products, Chinese authorities are pushing back, claiming a new air defense identification zone in international air space.

Peter Dutton is a professor and director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. He explains that China is pressuring its neighbors and U.S. economic allies—from the Philippines to Indonesia and Vietnam—to support the country's expanding zone of influence. Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, examines the implications for American foreign policy.


Peter Dutton and Nancy Soderberg

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]


Deliberate domestic economic decline and military defunding has a great way to create isolationism abroad while the void we leave is quickly filled.
What could go wrong.
Of course Joe Biden does nothing but inspire confidence.

Dec. 04 2013 09:19 AM

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