Alliance of the USA, Japan, Philippines: A New Format to Contain China?

 
PIIS032150750028104-6-1
DOI10.31857/S032150750028104-6
Publication type Article
Status Published
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Occupation: Junior Researcher, US Foreign and Domestic Policy Sector, Center for North American Studies, IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences
Affiliation: Institute of World Economy and International Relations Russian Academy of Sciences
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameAsia and Africa Today
EditionIssue 10
Pages45-52
Abstract

The U.S.-China rivalry is especially acute in the Asia-Pacific region, which each side considers important for its national interests. Having declared China its main strategic opponent, Washington continues to seek formats for military-political, economic and technological containment of Beijing.

The article examines in detail the structure of the American military presence in the Asia-Pacific region and its new format in the form of a trilateral alliance between the United States, Japan and the Philippines. The reasons for the rap-prochement of the three countries and the first steps towards strengthening the union, which has received the unofficial, but already widespread among experts name JAPHUS, are analyzed.

The author comes to the conclusion that despite the rapid development of trilateral cooperation in 2022–2023, the anti-Chinese alliance may face difficulties in the future, primarily due to the position of the Philippines, which is in strong economic dependence on China.

KeywordsAsia-Pacific, US Foreign Policy, China, Philippines, US-China rivalry, South China Sea, Taiwan Strait
AcknowledgmentThe article was prepared within the project “Post-crisis World Order: Challenges and Technologies, Competition and Co-operation” supported by the grant from Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Program for Research Projects in Priority Areas of Scientific and Technological Development (Agreement № 075-15-2020-783).
Received01.08.2023
Publication date22.11.2023
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