Middle powers in the Asia-Pacific including India are recalibrating their diplomatic engagement within and outside the region to insulate themselves from Sino-American strategic competition. The effort to influence rulemaking in terms of security, trade, and international law to protect their respective national interests is clearly discernible. According to Asia expert Stephen R Nagy, Director of Policy Studies at the Yokosuka Council for Asia-Pacific Studies, the change in the power balance associated with China’s re-emergence as Asia’s largest economy has once again brought forth concerns about the fallout of US-China friction (now heightened due to ongoing tensions over Taiwan) and raised questions about American leadership in the region among many of the USA-aligned ~ to a greater or lesser degree ~ middle powers such as Australia, Japan, Canada, and India. (Read More)
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