Chapter 2: The United States in Asia
This chapter considers the United States’ relationship with, and impact on, East Asia. The central argument I make is that it is simply not possible to understand the development of this region and the remarkable economic and strategic changes and events that have occurred there without taking account of the role played by the United States. After sketching the United States’ historical involvement in the region I consider more recent events and assess debates about its continuing role and the possible relative decline of its influence and power. I conclude by considering how a new US strategy based on the ‘Indo-Pacific’ region is likely to influence the future role of the United States in the region, however it may be defined.
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