Powerplay: Origins of the U.S. Alliance System in Asia

  title={Powerplay: Origins of the U.S. Alliance System in Asia},
  author={Victor D. Cha},
  journal={International Security},
  • V. Cha
  • Published 7 January 2010
  • Political Science
  • International Security
In East Asia the United States cultivated a hub and spokes system of discrete, exclusive alliances with the Republic of Korea, the Republic of China, and Japan, a system that was distinct from the multilateral security alliances it preferred in Europe. Bilateralism emerged in East Asia as the dominant security structure because of the powerplay rationale behind U.S. postwar planning in the region. Powerplay refers to the construction of an asymmetric alliance designed to exert maximum control… 
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