As the cold war ends, the United States is being forced to reassess the dominant role it has played in East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific during the decades that followed World War II. Bringing readers up to date on policy trends in the area, the author provides a general overview as well as detailed analyses of key issues in individual nations and regions. The author concludes by placing these regional developments in the context of the ongoing debate in the United States over an appropriate foreign policy in the post-cold war world.
Introduction and overview; the evolution of US policy in Asia and the Pacific; Japan - partner or competitor?; US-Chinese relations in adversity; US poloicy concerning Taiwan, Hong Kong; Korean-US relations; policy concerns in Indochina - a peace settlement in Cambodia and possible normalization with Vietnam; relations with ASEAN in 1990 - the issue of the Philippine bases; Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands; conclusion - a framework for assessing overall trade in US policy toward East Asia and the Pacific.