U.S.-Asian relations were sometimes frayed during 1996, but by year's end the administration had registered notable gains in alliance relations and multilateral economic ties. This article examines U.S. achievements and challenges with respect to U.S.-China relations, America's regional alliances, the looming danger in Korea, U.S. strategy in South Asia, and the economies of Southeast Asia. Although the Clinton administration is the wiser for the cumulative experiences of its first term, it remains to be seen whether that experience will be translated into a steadier and more consistent policy.
Originally published in: Asian Survey, v. 37, no. 1, Jan. 1997, pp. 95-109.
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