Australia's new strategic geography: Making and sustaining an Indo-Pacific defence policy

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    This chapter casts an exploratory eye on this rather neglected aspect of Japan's strategic thinking in the twenty-first century, as the rising and declining of great powers dramatically reshapes the strategic landscape in which Japan rose as the first so-called Asian giant in the wake of World War II. It explains the emerging concept of the Indo-Pacific and Japan's preference for the term koiki Ajia (broader Asia), which recognises geographic extension rather than replacement of strategic thinking. Japan is a key element in the Indo-Pacific concept as articulated in American, Australian and Indian writings. Most significantly, in 2013 the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) completed a project examining the meaning and significance of Indo-Pacific in the context of the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. Together with a third power shift the slower rise of India as another Asian giant their geostrategic ramifications have oriented Japan towards the Indo-Pacific concept.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Regional Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific: Drivers, dynamics and consequences
    Editors Priya Chacko
    Place of PublicationOxon, New York
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
    ISBN (Print)978-1-138-93549-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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