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Mercedes Trent

Research Associate for the Defense Posture Project
Northeast Asia Alliance Management Defense Posture Trends in Northeast Asia PLA Modernization

Mercedes Trent is a former Research Associate for the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

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This report uses data gathered from multilingual sources to explore China's motivations behind these intrusions as well as the implications for Japanese, South Korean, Taiwanese, and U.S. forces operating in Northeast Asia. 
The use of Chinese economically coercive tactics by Japan and the South Korean public are complicating resolution of their diplomatic dispute, legitimizing Chinese coercion, and undermining trilateral security cooperation.