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Walter C. Ladwig III

Walter C. Ladwig III is a Lecturer in International Relations at King's College London. He also is a Visiting Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for for Defence and Security Studies and a Research Associate of the Center for International Studies at the University of Oxford.

The recent visit to Beijing by the U.S. secretary of defense, Leon Panetta — which coincided with State Department statements that the U.S.-Japan security treaty would apply to the disputed Senkaku Islands — highlights the growing tension with China over America’s military presence in Asia, Chinese efforts to counteract it, and the dangerous misperceptions that can arise if defense strategy gets in the way of diplomacy.