Security Challenges
Volume 16, No.3 (2020)

Japan's China Strategy: The End of Liberal Deterrence

This paper analyses Japan’s security strategy towards China through an examination of the following questions. What are the key features of Japan’s strategy toward China? Has Japan abandoned engagement? Is Japan’s new strategy adequate to achieve its objective of maintaining a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific? By what means and at what cost might a rules-based order be maintained? And what role does deterrence play in the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy?

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