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China's ambition to reshape the Asian order is no secret.Other regional powers have done little to develop a coordinated strategy to thwart China's hegemonic plans.ToAfter all, six members already boast bilateral free-trade agreements with the U.S., meaning that the TPP's main effect will be to create a free trade area between Japan and the U.S., which together account for about 80 percent of the TPP countries' combined GDP.As it stands, no single power – not even the U.S. – can offset China's power and influence on its own.With the U.S. distracted by other strategic challenges – not to mention its domestic presidential campaign – Asia's other powers – in particular, an economically surging India and a more politically assertive Japan – are the best candidates for the job.Clearly, both Japan and India are well aware that China's ambitions, if realized, would result in a regional order inimical to their interests.Asia's main powers – beginning with Japan and India, but also including the U.S. – must work together to secure a broadly beneficial and stable regional balance of power. As a result, more countries would be able to contribute to the effort to secure an inclusive, stable, rules-based order in which all countries, including China, can thrive.
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