Michael Auslin, American Enterprise Institute | May 9, 2008
Japan increasingly faces a dilemma in its relationship with China. ++ On the one hand intensifying already close economic relations with China is vital for the continued recovery of Japan's own economy. ++ On the other hand China's growth gives it greater regional power at the expense of Japanese influence, and creates new security concerns. ++ Japan should confidently embrace its "role as a democratic bulwark in Asia", so that it can positively shape China's development.