With President Donald Trump pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and abandoning predecessor Barack Obama’s policy of a strategic rebalance, or “pivot,” to Asia, Southeast Asian scholars have urged Japan to play a greater role in regional security.

They suggest that Japan, for example, should provide more patrol vessels to the Philippines, Vietnam and other coastal states around the South China Sea to boost surveillance and law-enforcement capabilities at a time when China is becoming increasingly assertive about its territorial claims in the contested waterway.

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