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The Strategic Triangle: China, the United States and the Soviet Union
The Strategic Triangle: China, the United States and the Soviet Union
Edited by Ilpyong J. Kim
Paragon House, 1987, 293 pp

This is a stimulating collection of articles by leading American specialists on the triangular relationship among the United States, the Soviet Union and China. Steven Levine concludes that the Soviets take a somewhat more relaxed view than before of Sino-American relations because they see that the Chinese are genuinely preoccupied with their domestic modernization rather than intent on threatening Soviet interests via a military bloc with the U.S. He believes that this more relaxed Soviet attitude may marginally improve prospects of success in Soviet-American arms control negotiations. Lowell Dittmer argues that the U.S. must restore reasonably amicable relations with the U.S.S.R. if it is to gain any triangular advantage. R. J. Rummel argues that "by its implicit alliance with China the United States has conceded important control over its future . . . . The fate of American policy towards the Soviet Union and China now depends to an uncomfortable degree on continued deep Sino-Soviet hostility and the political and military status quo along China's borders." Tom Robinson proposes that the triangle is likely to evolve into a global balance of power system of a more benign sort.