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Looking for BalanceChina, the United States, and Power Balancing in East Asia$
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Steve Chan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778206

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778206.001.0001

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(p.221) 8 Conclusion
Looking for Balance
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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the balance of power in East Asia. It suggests that China is unlikely to initiate a bid for regional hegemony and discusses the implications of the decision of the United States to pursue extra-regional hegemony rather than adopting the posture of an offshore balancer. The chapter also argues that East Asia has overcome the problems related to making credible commitment, and that it has fostered the macro trends and foundations for regional cooperation.

Keywords:   balance of power, East Asia, China, regional hegemony, United States, credible commitment, macro trends, regional cooperation

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