Beijing has finally achieved its aspiration to be a force to be reckoned with on the high seas. The long-awaited launch of China's aircraft carrier signaled the incremental readjustment of power relations in East Asia. However, the rise of one power does not necessarily translate to the decline of all others in the vicinity. The rise of China as a naval power will inevitably highlight the indispensability of Japan and prompt Tokyo's ascent to a position of greater political and military importance in Northeast Asia.
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