Clinton's World: Remaking American Foreign Policy

By William G. Hyland | Go to book overview

9
Unsinkable Japan

Despite the end of the Cold War there was no reason to reexamine the relationship with Japan. The security relationship was still important to both sides, even if somewhat less critical. The economic relationship, however, was badly out of balance. Friction over trade gradually escalated into antagonism. The United States was inclined to insist more vigorously on better terms in trade with Japan. The old priorities, security first and trade second, were still evident in American rhetoric as the Clinton administration took office. But there was already a different and disturbing change in the psychological climate. A quip by Senator Paul Tsongas during the 1992 primary campaign summed up American frustrations: the Cold War was over and Japan had won. The Japanese, on the other hand, believed that they were not treated as full security partners.

The Clinton administration, in particular the new assistant secretary of state, Winston Lord, and Secretary Christopher, acknowledged the need for changes in policy, but they were careful to describe the changes in traditional geopolitical terms: Japan would remain the highest priority in American strategy in Asia; the Asia-Pacific region would receive even greater attention; and, above all, the United States would continue to remain "engaged," as betokened by the presence of about a hundred thousand American troops stationed in Asia. This military presence would shore up political stability, which in turn would ensure the continued growth of the Asian economies. In the Lord/ Christopher view, resolving the perennial disputes over trade would be balanced by the continuing requirements of a solid security partnership.1

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  • 1- The Legacy 1
  • 2- Mandate for Change 15
  • 3- Intervention 29
  • 4- Nation Building 51
  • 5- South of the Border 67
  • 6- Russia 79
  • 7- European Security 93
  • 8- Asian Tangles 109
  • Notes 124
  • 9- Unsinkable Japan 127
  • 10- Watershed 137
  • 11- Endgame 145
  • 12- Oslo and Beyond 155
  • Notes 168
  • 13 171
  • 14- Crisis Management 185
  • 15- Between Hope And History 197
  • Selected Bibliography 207
  • Index 209
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