The Pacific Lake: Philippine Perspectives on a Pacific Community

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The Pacific Lake: Philippine Perspectives on a Pacific Community

Edited by Jose P. Leviste, Jr.
Philippine Council for Foreign Relations & SGV Foundation, 1986
248 pp.

This volume is important because it contains the thinking of prominent Filipino government officials and intellectuals on the prospects for a Pacific community. There are a number of very thoughtful essays. Sixto Roxas calls for integrated area development projects designed to maximize the livelihood of the population, in contrast to resource-exploiting projects such as mines, logging operations or plantations. Serafin Talisayon summarizes the unifying forces within the Pacific: the immense trade potential, the excellent prospects for peace and stability, and the "Pacific shift" in U.S. geopolitical interests. Over the longer run, he sees a more powerful China acting in accordance with great-power logic. But he also has an optimistic scenario in which Japan plays a central role in recruiting both China and the Soviet Union into the mainstream of Pacific trade and economic cooperation.

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