The New Triangle: Russia, Japan, the People's Republic of China and the United States Security Role
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CARLISLE BARRACKS United States
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The basic question is what role should the United States maintain as a peacekeeping force in East Asia over the next decade. The political, economic, military and cultural interactions between nations were examined toward identifying a plausable United States position. Data was gathered using a literature search and drawn on personal experiences and studies. The increased tension between Russia and Communist China over territorial, ideological, trade, and the development of natural resources affect area equilibrium and relate directly to United States interests in Japan and Korea. With the fall of South Vietnam, the United States position in the Western Pacific is reviewed toward reducing United States air and ground forces in the area. A strong United States Navy should remain as a show of force and to influence the interactions between powers. Withdrawing forces to United States protectorates and Hawaii will counter domestic economic and attitude pressures in the United States.