UNITED STATES INTERESTS IN ASIA,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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An approach to building collaboration and contacts among the Asian countries in order to enhance prospects for achieving a regional balance of power over the longer run, in which the U.S. role and presence would be more modest than it has been. A project approach is suggested that tries to encourage specific projects in which two or more countries of the region collaborate with one another. The numerous and intense international rivalries among countries of the area limit the scope for this approach, and moderation of these disputes should be sought. But there is probably more room for application of a project approach than has been exploited, and further progress along this line may itself ease the rivalries. It would be a reasonable extension of this approach to use U.S. influence and aid programs to encourage multilateral projects in such diverse fields as civic action, defense production, and maintenance services, on the military side, and manpower training, industrial productivity, transportation and telecommunications, on the economic side. Text of statement delivered before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Far East and the Pacific, Jan. 27, 1966.
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