The US ‘pivot’ to the Asia Paciﬁ c
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The Obama administration perceives the contemporary ‘rise’ of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as among its most immediate and signiﬁ cant policy challenges. This is unsurprising given the speed of the country’s economic growth, the expansion of its military capabilities, and its increasingly inﬂ uential political presence. A particular concern among groups of policymakers and academics is the extent to which China may challenge the regional status quo; Beijing’s military spending is growing rapidly and important debates are now centred upon a ‘rising’ China as a catalyst for instability or even conﬂ ict in the region. This understanding famously led former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick to insist that China becomes a ‘responsible stakeholder’ in the international system (Zoellick 2005 ). Yet the reorganization of the Asia Paciﬁ c’s security environment is not being driven just by China. Complicit others in the region are of key signiﬁ cance and, as still the world’s only true superpower, the United States retains the principal ability to manipulate the Asia Paciﬁ c, especially (though not exclusively) in the military-security realm.