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By William H. Overholt

ISBN-10: 0511378661

ISBN-13: 9780511378669

ISBN-10: 0521895871

ISBN-13: 9780521895873

American safety and prosperity now rely on Asia. William H. Overholt bargains an iconoclastic research of advancements in each one significant Asian nation, Asian diplomacy, and U.S. overseas coverage. Drawing on a long time of political and enterprise event, he argues that out of date chilly battle attitudes tie the U.S. more and more to an in a different way remoted Japan and vague the truth U.S.-Chinese bicondominium now manages so much Asian concerns. army priorities threat polarizing the zone unnecessarily, weaken the commercial relationships that engendered American preeminence, and sarcastically increase chinese language impression. for that reason, regardless of its chilly struggle victory, U.S. impact in Asia is declining. Overholt disputes the argument that democracy advertising will result in more advantageous improvement and peace, and forecasts a brand new period within which Asian geopolitics may well take a tremendously assorted form. masking Japan, China, Russia, principal Asia, India, Pakistan, Korea, and South-East Asia, Overholt deals precious insights for students, policymakers, enterprise humans, and normal readers.

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The first fruit was the Japanese economic miracle, a takeoff Cold War Assumptions and Changing Realities 17 at a sustained pace of 10 percent of the annual gross domestic product (GDP), growth never before seen in a large economy. (I do not mean to suggest that the United States was responsible for the takeoff; the Japanese deserve almost all the credit. S. policy actively supported it. S.

Japanese leaders have antagonized their neighbors but gradually and democratically implemented the reforms necessary to preserve the prosperity and a diminished but decent proportion of the international stature that a generation of earlier leaders had heroically achieved. Indian leaders seem to be overcoming a legacy that for two generations diminished their nation’s stature, impoverished its people, and left huge populations in a condition worse than that of people in sub-Saharan Africa; if they can now achieve rapid growth with democracy and freedom, they will add a new inspiration to human development.

In Southeast Asia, however, the risks of confrontation dissipated as China, after initially making moves seen as aggressive (such as building shelters on Mischief Reef, which is claimed by the Philippines), led the region into a widely accepted Code of Conduct for mutual development. Overview xxxi The rising expressions of nationalism and the rising salience of seabed and territorial-waters disputes notwithstanding, in the year 2000 there seemed little reason for the region not to continue on its path toward rapidly improving prosperity and declining international conflict.

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