Muhammad Abubakar

Mr Muhammad Abubakar is an Intern at the Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad.

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Keywords: Asia-Pacific, China, US, RCEP, competition


The Asia-Pacific has emerged as the central playing field for strategic competition between the United States and China. The US is increasing its footprints in the region to contain China in its neighbourhood and not to allow it to expand its sphere of influence. China perceives the Security leadership role of the US against its sovereignty and core national interests. To neutralise the security leadership of the US, Beijing is focusing on a soft balancing approach based on its economic prowess and diplomatic tools. China is seeking ways to attract the US allies to counter the US containment policy through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and regional economic initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This paper sheds light on the broader context of China’s attempt to neutralise the Security leadership of the US in Asia-Pacific and to secure its core national interests.

First Published

June 25, 2021

How to Cite

Muhammad Abubakar, “The US Security Leadership in the Asia-Pacific and China’s Countermeasures,” Regional Studies 39, no.2 (Summer 2021): 58-77, 


Volume 39, Issue 2