China and Japan: The Search for Balance; U.S.-Japan Relations and the Security of East Asia: The Next Decade

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China and Japan: The Search for Balance

Edited by Alvin D. Coox and Hilary Conroy
ABC-Clio Press, 1978
468 pp. $19.75
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U.S.-Japan Relations and the Security of East Asia: The Next Decade

Edited by Franklin B. Weinstein
Westview Press, 1978
318 pp. $14.00
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The first collection of essays will be of interest primarily to historians; the second contains a number of excellent articles on the contemporary strategic situation in East Asia. But only one of the essays in either book - the final chapter in Coox and Conroy - makes a stab at analyzing the two triangular relationships involving the two superpowers: China-Japan-United States and China-Japan-Soviet Union. As that essay points out, power politics in East Asia today is closely integrated into the larger international system in which the controlling relationship remains that between the two superpowers. There can be no adequate understanding of East Asian international relations today without studying the impact of these two triangles.