This chapter concludes the study by discussing the book’s implications for international relations theory and policy of the United States, its East Asian allies and China. In particular, the chapter emphasizes that the rise of China affects both the demand-side and supply-side factors in the alliance market. The distribution of military capabilities in the international system is likely to remain unipolar for the foreseeable future, but many perceive a decline in the US power, especially relative to the rising power of China. This perception of power shift affects both the demand side and the supply side of the alliance market. Moreover, the rise of China and the relative decline of the United States alter the costs and benefits of the alliances for the United States.
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