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The coronavirus originating in Wuhan cast a dark shadow on efforts to look ahead in East Asia. It kept China at the center of attention, while only reinforcing the tendency to analyze events through the prism of Sino-US relations. While some kept their sights on Russia and India in this context—embracing a forward-looking great power perspective—others took a more targeted, triangular approach showcasing Japan, South Korea, or Taiwan. The US government response to China drew the most interest, proceeding on a professional, bipartisan basis as it was presented at DC think tanks against the backdrop of the December trade deal and the unfolding epidemic.

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