Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow Robert Manning
writes for the Global Times
on the recent trilateral meeting between China, Japan, and South Korea, the first since 2012:
The summit was a rare effort to address the major strategic dilemma in East Asia. The region is characterized by two contradictory trends: deepening inter-Asian economic integration but simultaneous growing security confrontation, evident in the East and South China Seas, and reflected in rising defense budgets across the region
The question now is whether the summit reflected just a temporary thaw of tensions, a trend of reducing distrust and a new realism of pragmatic cooperation, or only a suspension of political differences over history to pursue economic and financial cooperation?