U.S. center to set out bilateral foreign, security policy goals in Asia-Pacific

JIJI

A bipartisan group of American foreign policy and security experts will announce a range of proposals on Japan-U.S. relations and strategies in the Asia-Pacific region Aug. 15, the Center for Strategic and International Studies said.

The report is intended to serve as a foreign policy guideline for the United States following November’s presidential election, regardless of the outcome, the center said Tuesday.

In the “U.S.-Japan Alliance: Anchoring Stability in Asia” report, the experts are expected to call on Tokyo to play a greater role in ensuring Asia-Pacific security amid China’s rapid military expansion and heightened maritime presence.

The group is headed by former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Harvard University professor Joseph Nye, who came up with proposals to strengthen bilateral relations on two former occasions, in 2000 and 2007.

As assistant secretary of defense in the Clinton administration, Nye, worked to refine the Japan-U.S. security alliance after the end of the Cold War.