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FOIP 2.0: The Evolution of Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy

Yuichi Hosoya (2019) FOIP 2.0: The Evolution of Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy, Asia-Pacific Review, 26:1, 18-28.


The “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” (FOIP) is the most important feature of Japan’s foreign policy under the Abe Administration. One of the most important questions is whether this vision aims to contain a rapidly rising China. Along with the amelioration of the relationship between Japan and China, this diplomatic strategy has been evolved from the quadrilateral security cooperation among leading democracies in this region, namely the US, Japan, Australia, and India, to a more comprehensive regional cooperation. This article regards the latter diplomatic strategic as the “FOIP 2.0” and that there emerges a possible harmony between Japan’s FOIP and China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).


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