STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

The Elusive Quest for an ‘Asian NATO’

Jagannath P. Panda is Research Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • January 2021
    Volume: 
    45
    Issue: 
    1
    Commentaries

    The turn of the twenty-first century brought with it the miraculous economic rise of China in Asia and beyond; American strategy towards the region, denoted by the ‘pivot to Asia’ and acceptance of a ‘Pacific Century’ for the US,1 became increasingly China-centric. Building partnerships, forging security and commercial pacts with Asian countries and enhancing maritime presence across the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) eventually became the fulcrum of America’s Asia strategy, with mainstream strategic perception in the United States on China becoming increasingly negative. American focus on alliances with countries like Japan, South Korea and Australia as well as partnerships with countries like India began to take centre stage in its foreign policy outlook, with a goal to limit or check China’s rise.

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