Japanese-Taiwanese Relations and the Role of China and the U.S.
This essay addresses how Sino-Japanese relations affect Japanese-Taiwanese relations, the role of the United States in this relationship, and Japan’s position via China and Taiwan.
After the March 1996 Taiwan Strait crisis and the September 11 incidents, the Japanese government is seeking to allay its growing concerns cross-Strait and regional stability by playing a more active role in cross-Strait and U.S.-Taiwan security relations.
- As a result of Japan’s eagerness to become more assertive in regional political and security affairs, U.S. policymakers can have more confidence in the U.S.-Japan alliance in the face of a rising China, including possible contingencies in the Taiwan Strait.
- However, in addition to making sure that the security alliance between Tokyo and Washington works smoothly in times of both peace and crisis, the United States must ensure that an assertive Japan becomes a positive security partner that is willing to share in the burdens of an active alliance, rather than simply dragging Washington into a devastating power struggle with Beijing.