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A U.S. Foreign Policy For Asia: The 1980s and Beyond
A U.S. Foreign Policy For Asia: The 1980s and Beyond
Edited by Ramon H. Myers
Hoover Press, 1982, 144 pp

The editor of this useful collection argues that the U.S. policy of giving top priority to Western Europe, relying upon China to counterbalance the Soviet Union in Asia, rearming Japan and transferring modern weapons and economic aid to such states as Pakistan does not effectively deal with the threats. He calls for a new policy based on four key principles: recognize that Asia's strategic importance is as great as Europe's; develop multiple linkages with the Asia-Pacific countries; elevate India's importance to a level equivalent to China's in America's Asia policy; and maintain a strong American naval and air force presence in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The transfer of military technology and weaponry to China, it is argued, will not impress the Soviet Union and will only be countered by an increased Soviet military buildup in the Far East.