Analysis of U.S. Military Presence in North East Asia - Does Our New Strategy Fit the Circumstances [open pdf - 453KB]
"Since World War II, the United States has invested heavily in the Pacific Region. This region is now our largest trading partner. We have active security arrangements with Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Australia. We also have non-treaty security relations with several other countries in the region. The possibility of a diminished Soviet threat, reductions in our defense budget and allies who have the ability to do more for their own defense, suggest that it is now desirable to reduce U.S. forces in the region."
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