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Lan Anh Le
Tuan Anh Nguyen
Thuy Linh Phan


The East Sea has a vital position for maritime powers worldwide and is a crucial point of strategic competition for significant countries. Currently, the East Sea is where many fierce disputes over sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction occur between coastal countries because the views and interests of each side are far apart, and they need help finding a consensus on how to solve the problem. The US interests in the East Sea include diverse interests in freedom of navigation, economics, politics, military, and security. The article aims to systematically analyze and explain the US policy towards the East Sea issue since the US Administration announced the Pivot to Asia-Pacific strategy. The US foreign policy towards the East Sea has changed in the direction of increased US involvement in response to rising tensions over disputes, especially towards increased interests of China in this region. Although the United States does not take sides in sovereignty claims, it nevertheless increases its involvement in the issue, focusing on peaceful control of claims and resolving disputes through peaceful negotiation measures. 


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Le, Lan Anh, Tuan Anh Nguyen, and Thuy Linh Phan. 2023. “EAST SEA POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE US-CHINA COMPETITION”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 9 (3):371-83. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2393426l.
Author Biographies

Lan Anh Le, Institute of Americas Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam

Dr. Le Lan Anh is a senior researcher at the Vietnam Institute of Americas Studies under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam. She has taught scientific research methods, international trade, economic law, and contracts law at the Faculty of Law of Hanoi Open University at Thanh Dong University, Graduate Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam. She has published 40 research articles in reputed national and international journals. One book, “The U.S Anti-dumping Laws: Contemporary Issues”, Social Sciences Publishing House, 2022; one Chapter, “Vietnam and Non-market Economy in the U.S anti-dumping Law”, Springer, 2021; and one Chapter, “Innovation Activities of Ethiopian Enterprises: Current Issues and Recommendations”, Springer, indexed Scopus, 2022. Her research areas include Geopolitics of the Americas region, regional cooperation, the East Sea Issues, U.S. foreign policy, Vietnam–U.S relations, etc.

Tuan Anh Nguyen , Military Science Academy, Hanoi, Vietnam

Dr. Nguyen Tuan Anh is a Lecturer at the Department of International Relations at the Military Academy Science of Vietnam. Dr. Tuan Anh has published many articles in popular journals and participated in various economic and financial forums: the International Conference on “America and the New World Order”and “US-China Technology Competition.” His current research activities include internationaland international economic issues, focusing on foreign direct investment, green growth…

Thuy Linh Phan , Banking Academy of Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam

Phan Thuy Linh obtained her doctorate in International Relations from the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences in 2018. She is a researcher and officer at the Communist Party Office of the Banking Academy of Vietnam. Her research interests include International business, public policy, and international relations.