The Strategic Quadrangle: Russia, China, Japan, and the United States in East Asia

The Strategic Quadrangle: Russia, China, Japan, and the United States in East Asia

The Strategic Quadrangle: Russia, China, Japan, and the United States in East Asia

The Strategic Quadrangle: Russia, China, Japan, and the United States in East Asia

Synopsis

In The Strategic Quadrangle five experts on East Asia explore the new shape of power among the major players in the region - Russia, China, Japan, and the United States. The authors examine the web of alliances, historical rivalries, and conflicting worldviews that define the relations among these four powers and analyze how the interactions among them will affect East Asia and the international system as a whole. Robert Legvold, surveying the sweeping changes that have taken place in Russia and the rest of the former Soviet Union, contends that genuine integration into East Asia requires the kind of economic changes that have just begun in Russia and will take years to complete. David Lampton, in his chapter on China, examines the Chinese leadership's policy of military detente and economic cooperation with the other three powers in order to sustain the remarkable economic performance of the last two decades. In his chapter on Japan, Michael Mochizuki discusses the uncertainty that the end of the Soviet-American rivalry has produced in Japan's domestic politics and foreign policy. Michael Mandelbaum discusses the bilateral relationships between the United States and the three other countries and the differing issues that loom large for each: security, economics, and human rights. Finally, Richard Solomon attempts to answer the pivotal question of who will shape and wield power in the new East Asia.

Excerpt

Michael Mandelbaum

The Strategic Quadrangle--that part of the globe encompassing East Asia and the western Pacific where the political and economic interests as well as the military forces of the United States, Russia, the People's Republic of China, and Japan all intersect--has been, with Europe, one of the two centers of international politics in this century.

As in Europe, great powers have confronted one another directly there. and like Europe, it has been the site of the world's most productive economies. As in Europe, the history of the Strategic Quadrangle since 1945 can be divided into three distinct periods: the first, when the Cold War was most intense, from the late 1940s to the early 1970s; the second, when the Soviet-American rivalry still dominated the politics of both regions but was more more relaxed and less urgent, from the early 1970s to the early 1990s; and the third, post-Cold War era, which began with the collapse of theSoviet Union at the end of 1991. It is this third, current period that is the focus of this book.

The POST-1945 history

In each of the three periods the politics of Europe and the politics of the Strategic Quadrangle in East Asia were similar but not identical. in the first, both regions were divided into two camps, with . . .

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