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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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Balance-of-Power Expectations Versus Credible Commitment

Balance-of-Power Expectations Versus Credible Commitment

(p.125) 5 Balance-of-Power Expectations Versus Credible Commitment
Looking for Balance
Stanford University Press

This chapter discusses how the effectiveness of economic interdependence serves as a substitute for the traditional military means of demonstrating resolve, commitment, and reassurance. It introduces so-called rationalist explanations of war, and explains how credible communication of intentions can help preserve international peace and stability by averting war or balancing policies. The chapter also describes case studies highlighting the contradiction between the reality in East Asia and the usual balance-of-power expectations. These include Taiwan's burgeoning commerce with China, Japan's decision to eschew nuclear armament, and the massive amount of U.S. public debt that China has purchased.

Keywords:   economic interdependence, communication of intentions, international peace, balancing policies, East Asia, balance of power, Taiwan, Japan, United States

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