Strategic aspects of Asian-American relations in the 1980s

by Guy J. Pauker

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In the 1980s, the national interest of the United States will dictate that the Asia-Pacific region should not be dominated by any power or coalition of powers. The United States will continue to play a major strategic role in Asian power relations, despite its relative military weakness in the region. If the United States demonstrates determination to maintain a power balance in the Asia-Pacific region, not only by declaratory policies but particularly by the commitment of adequate resources to the strengthening of her force posture and those of her allies and friends, the 1980s could be a period of international stability, permitting significant economic progress in the region.

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