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US, China battle for influence in Asia in 2014

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks at a joint press conference with other leaders at the APEC summit in Bali on Oct. 8, 2013. (Kyodo)

TOKYO -- It may be impossible to predict what's in store for Asia in 2014. But at least one thing is for sure: The balance of power between the U.S. and China will have a decisive impact on the region's political landscape.

     China is seeking to change the U.S.-led international order in Asia. China's establishment of an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea last November is part of such efforts. Last December, a Chinese naval ship also tried to block the path of a U.S. naval vessel following a Chinese aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.

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