The East Asian civilization mainly comprises of China and Korea.
China is currently the rising dragon of the 21st century, with rapid economic development and industrialization serving as a counterbalance to the US' monopoly over the world economy. China has had a humiliating history that started with the First Opium War and officially ended with the defeat of Japan at the end of World War II. However, the China today is no longer seen as a liability as it used to be in the past. This civilization can be said to be defined along the lines of idealism, for its socialist-capitalist ideology deviates from the conventional democracy practiced in most nations.
Politically, the East Asian civilization, especially China, is a heavyweight in the Asian region. Globally, it still retains influence through its huge economic potential. As with the US, China adopts a zero-sum game policy, i.e. US' gain is China's loss and vice versa.