First published in 1998, this volume examines East Asia, especially Northeast Asia, which has been a region of considerable political security of importance for several key reasons. It features several great and medium powers: China, Japan and Russia, as well as North and South Korea. Even though no arms race is yet discernible among these states (with the partial exception of the two Koreas), it is conceivable that one might commence. If it did, the level of militarization could become quite alarming, if only because of the tremendous and rapidly growing economic potential of the regional states. Even though relations among regional sates (except the two Koreas) are currently peaceful, the region features several unresolved issues (e.g. concerning territory) and a historical legacy of enmity between several states. To prevent such conflicts of interest from erupting into armed conflict is of the utmost importance. A stabilizing factor is that the military potentials in the region are still predominantly defensively oriented, i.e. most states lack the requisite power projection or invasion capabilities to inflict serious harm on each other. However, this might change in the not-so-distant future. Hence the importance of confidence-building measures; of an institutionalization of regional relations; and of a strengthening of commitments to defensive military strategies and postures.
1. Introduction: Defence Restructuring in Asia. Björn Möller. 2. Transparency, Confidence-Building and Security in East Asia. Owen Greene. 3. Arms Control and Disarmament in the Post-Cold War World: A View from India. Jasjit Singh. 4. International Cooperation in Regional Security: ‘Non-Interference’ and ASEAN Arms Modernization. Joon Num Mak. 5. Regional Security and Nuclear Weapons in North-East Asia: A Japanese Perspective. Mitsuru Kurosawa. 6. Resolving the Arms Control Dilemma on the Korean Peninsula. Yong-Sup Han. 7. Defence Conversion and Conservation: China’s Ambivalent Military Reform. Yitzhak Shichor. 8. Unification of Divided States in East Asia. Björn Möller. 9. Taiwan’s Defence Policy: Threat Assessment and Security Strategies. Cheng-yi Lin. 10. Russia’s Security Policy in East Asia. Alexander A. Sergounin. 11. The US Role in East Asia. Jonathan Dean.
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