East Asia at the Crossroads of Cooperation and Rivalry at the Regional and International Levels: Editorial Introduction

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The rise of new powers throughout the 2000s and the 2010s augurs the end of the unipolar system that has persisted since the end of the Cold War. In no region is this transition more compelling than in East Asia. Economic revitalization of this region and a steady redistribution of power related to it is a dynamic process characterized by intense changes in foreign policy strategies, practices, and orientations of China, Korea, and Japan. The proposed special issue seeks to critically assess the emerging developments of China’s, Japan’s, and Korea’s core international perceptions and policies. More specifically, the special issue addresses two complex and interrelated questions. Firstly, how do China, Korea, and Japan adapt to the changing international landscape? Secondly, how do China, Korea, and Japan respond to the challenges inherent to the pursuit of the enhanced international status? The contributions to this special issue aim at scrutinizing China’s cybersovereignty and industrial policy; exploring the strengths and limitations of Korea’s public diplomacy; and examining Japan’s contributions to regionalism. The special issue also discusses Russia’s relations with East Asia and its role in regional politics.

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Anna V. Kuteleva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Author for correspondence.
Email: akuteleva@hse.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7805-1607

PhD in Political Science, Research Fellow, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Moscow, Russian Federation

Denis A. Shcherbakov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Email: dshcherbakov@hse.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8607-6265

PhD in Economics, director of the Centre for International Cooperation, Associate Professor of the School of Asian Studies, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Moscow, Russian Federation


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