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By William H. Overholt

ISBN-10: 0521895871

ISBN-13: 9780521895873

American safety and prosperity now depend upon Asia. William H. Overholt deals an iconoclastic research of advancements in each one significant Asian nation, Asian diplomacy, and U.S. international coverage. Drawing on many years of political and company adventure, he argues that out of date chilly warfare attitudes tie the U.S. more and more to an another way remoted Japan and imprecise the truth U.S.-Chinese bicondominium now manages such a lot Asian concerns. army priorities probability polarizing the zone unnecessarily, weaken the industrial relationships that engendered American preeminence, and paradoxically increase chinese language impression. hence, regardless of its chilly warfare victory, U.S. impact in Asia is declining. Overholt disputes the argument that democracy promoting will result in stronger improvement and peace, and forecasts a brand new period within which Asian geopolitics may possibly take a significantly diverse form. protecting Japan, China, Russia, principal Asia, India, Pakistan, Korea, and South-East Asia, Overholt bargains useful insights for students, policymakers, enterprise humans, and common readers.

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Fortunately for the peace and prosperity of our world, despite numerous dangerous false starts, Republicans and Democrats, Chinese leaders and Japanese leaders, Indian leaders and Chinese leaders have so far consistently reflected on the consequences of their passions and corrected their courses. But the frequency with which exaggerated fears, obsolete theories, and ideological images bring the major countries of the Pacific to the brink of gratuitous conflict and impoverishment is truly frightening.

Reversal of alliances, driven by the increasing divergence between American military reliance on Japan and politicaleconomic reliance on China. In this scenario, gradually increasing Chinese domestic liberalization and international politicaleconomic cooperation with the United States lead to a successful effort to resolve the North Korea and Taiwan problems, and this pushes a (hypothetically) increasingly rightwing, nationalistic Japanese government into a rupture of the alliance. 4. Partial withdrawal of the United States.

Japanese leaders responded by abandoning the vision of regional leadership through economic diplomacy. Instead of articulating a new, forward-looking vision, ascendant leaders sought to build renewed national pride around a rewriting of the history of the 1930s and 1940s and adopted a resentful, threatened, defensive posture toward China’s new eminence. -Japan alliance, and expressed a desire to amend Japan’s Peace Constitution. S. relations with the region. American policy, which for a half-century had protected China from Japan by keeping Japan disarmed and protected Japan from China by allying with Japan, tilted toward an emphasis on consolidating the military alliance with Japan, pressing for a revival of Japan’s military, and overtly targeting China as the object of the alliance, even formally bringing the Taiwan conflict under the purview of the alliance.

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