The most vital problem for the Indo-Pacific region is to shape a political environment ,which makes a great war in the region impossible. Just now we are experiencing that two great powers in Asia, the US and China are involved in an arms race and are militarizing their foreign policy. Add to this that they are both expanding their political, economic and security policy presence and are establishing zones of influence in Asian countries. On the other hand both countries have no desire to go to war. On the contrary. It is crucial to establish a common ground where the US is loosening its hegemonic policy and China is loosening its core policy vis a vis Taiwan. Is a common pressure from the countries in the Indo-Pacific and in the Global South a possibility? Theoretically the paper uses structural realism.
Bertel Heurlin, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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