Bridging the San Francisco System: 21st Century Strategic Partnerships for the Asian Pacific
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA NORFOLK United States
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A look into the enduring bilateral alliances the United States utilizes for strategic influence and forward military presence to preserve Asian-Pacific regional stability. Resulting from the 1951 San Francisco Conference, the informal network of alliances formed a U.S. led hub-and-spoke system designed to contain Soviet Imperialism and the spread of Communism. Today, regional states seek to strike a balance between the allure of rising Asian economic markets and strategic mistrust in the presence of a growing China. The actions of an increasingly belligerent China reinforce the value of the asymmetric economic and security benefits offered by the United States and reinforce the future of the San Francisco Systems bilateral alliances.