October 30, 2019

Unlike the historical East Asia, today’s East Asia has a different geopolitical landscape. The United States has maintained a strong military and diplomatic presence in the region. China is surrounded by several major powers or strong middle powers. China has demonstrated both the desire and potential capabilities to play a more active role in regional economic integration. China’s goals concerning regional security remain much more ambivalent. If China’s ultimate goal is to become a more influential co-leader in Asia, its aim might be compatible with those of other countries. If the “Chinese Dream” is to restore a Sino-centered order, it will remain an impossible dream. China and Japan are likely to remain both competitors and partners in the emerging order.



Xiaoyu Pu is an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a Public Intellectuals Program fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a non-resident senior fellow with the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In the 2012-13 academic year, Pu was a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University. In 2016, he was a Stanton Fellow at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil. Pu is the author of Rebranding China: Contested Status Signaling in the Changing Global Order (The Studies in Asian Security Series, Stanford University Press, 2019). His research has appeared in International Security, International Affairs, The China Quarterly and The Chinese Journal of International Politics. He is an editor of The Chinese Journal of International Politics and an editorial board member of Foreign Affairs Review (Beijing).