The Iron Triangle: A U.S. Security Policy for Northeast Asia

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The Iron Triangle: A U.S. Security Policy for Northeast Asia

By A. James Gregor and Maria Hsia Chang
Hoover Press, 1984
160 pp. $23.95
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This brief but thoughtful volume is perhaps the best statement of the conservative view on U.S.-China relations yet published. It argues that it would be a mistake for the U.S. to proceed too far in its military association with China, and that the gradual enhancement of the military capabilities of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan would ensure that "any conceivable Sino-Soviet rapprochement would not materially alter the security circumstances in Northeast Asia." Therefore the U.S. is free to provide Taiwan with the military assets needed for its defense without anticipating prohibitive political costs. The conclusion is certainly arguable, but the authors at least face the issue without waffling.