While deference usually invites bullying, standing up to China draws respect and a readiness to negotiate and make concessions.
Brahma Chellaney, a longstanding contributor to The Japan Times, is a geostrategist and the author of "Asian Juggernaut" (Harper, 2010) and "Water: Asia’s New Battlefield" (Georgetown University Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Bernard Schwartz Award. He is professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi.
For Brahma Chellaney's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The deepening relationship between Japan and India serves the goal of forestalling the emergence of a China-centric Asia.
the Abe-Modi summit offers an opportunity to discuss how the Tokyo-New Delhi duet can contribute to the larger U.S.-initiated effort to build strategic equilibrium, power stability and maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.
Over the last couple of years, the China-policy debate in the US has begun to reflect more realism, with a growing number of voices recognizing China's ambition to supplant its American benefactor as the leading global superpower. But is it too late to rein ...
Trump's trade war with China shouldn't obscure a broader push-back against the country's mercantilist practices.
Chinese territorial and maritime revisionism has made the South China Sea the world's most critical hotspot.
From large-scale dam-building to unbridled resource-exploitation, human activity is causing serious damage to Himalayan ecosystems.
Not only can the U.S. president not be blamed for America's relative decline, he may actually be set to arrest it.
Unless the U.S. adopts a stronger policy to contain Chinese expansionism there, the widely shared vision of a free, open, and democratic-led Indo-Pacific will give way to an illiberal, repressive regional order.
The main lesson for Japan from the Trump-Kim summit is that instead of relying on Washington it must directly engage North Korea.