STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Japan's Approach to Regionalism: Outlook towards the EAS and EAC

Arpita Mathur is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile
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  • September 2009
    Volume: 
    33
    Issue: 
    5
    Articles

    One of the most notable attempts by Japan towards fostering regionalism in recent years has been through its active and positive participation in the East Asia Summit (EAS), envisioned to be a stepping stone towards the formation of an East Asian Community (EAC). The idea behind regionalism and efforts towards the EAS and EAC are to be perceived within the broader context of Tokyo's attempts to shape the regional environment and influence policies in the region. Its primary goal is to neutralize and dilute the influence of China. The EAS and EAC are bound to bring India and Japan together on a common platform which will be mutually beneficial for both countries.

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