Japan’s Strategic Indo-Pacific Pivot: Views from India, China, and Southeast Asia

Conference: AAS-in-Asia2020 (AAS-in-Asia2020)
Title: Japan’s Strategic Indo-Pacific Pivot: Views from India, China, and Southeast Asia
Stream: International Relations
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Panelists:
Minhaj Ahmed Khan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (organizer, presenter, chair)
John Harvey Gamas, Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines (presenter)
Jieruo Li, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (presenter)
Nidhi Prasad, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan (presenter, discussant)


Abstract:

China’s rise has led to Japan’s own pivot to counter the country’s growing regional strategic and economic expansion. While Japan’s foreign policy has slowly begun to come out of its self-imposed non-confrontational style, the country still maintains its goals of being a state that wishes for a rule-based order and peaceful region. This has led to the emergence of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ construct and the manifestation of strategies such as the concept of a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ and the ‘Quadrilateral Security Dialogue’—among other strategic partnerships. This panel aims to research the impact of these policies in various countries within the realm of the ‘Indo-Pacific’. It comes to the conclusion that the response of these countries has been mixed. While some countries have wholeheartedly embraced Japan’s pivot, seeing their own strategic gains, other countries have shown mediocre enthusiasm or have maintained their own distant foreign policy to avoid an entrapment in newly emerging great power politics.