Alliance in Anxiety: Detente and the Sino-American-Japanese by Go Tsuyoshi Ito

By Go Tsuyoshi Ito

This publication analyses the structural dynamics of the Sino-American-Japanese triangular dating through exploring how the 1971 Nixon-Kissinger statement to pursue rapprochement with the People's Republic of China (PRC), within the context of the general detente process, essentially altered the US-Japanese courting. It argues that the systematic constitution of diplomacy in East Asia throughout the detente interval was once comparable in major how you can trendy post-Cold conflict interval. Highlighting the significance of China to US coverage thoughts in the direction of East Asia allows us to supply a extra proficient point of view on destiny instructions of the Sino-US-Japanese triangular dating within the twenty-first century.

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3" These memoranda were used to persuade the JCS and hawkish Congressmen to couple the reversion of Okinawa with the elimination of nuclear weapons. After Wakaizumi's book was published, some American retired Copyright 2003 by Taylor & Francis Books, Inc. ~~ The Nixon-Sato meeting was held in November. The joint coininuniquC concluded in its seventh paragraph that "the President . . assured the Prime Minister that . . ":6 The reversion of Okinawa responded to popular opinion in Japan, as nuclear weapons were apparently eliminated along with the return of administrative rights of the island in May, 1972.

S. position, a particular problem was looming on the horizon: the rapid decline of the American textile industry in the face of Japanese exports (to be discussed below). -Japanese relations. S. S. perspective on monetary and trade policy. They took it for granted that Japan would continue to be the most important East Asian outpost for American Cold War strategy. S. view that Communist China provided a threat to East Asia. Although recognizing a need to "improve Japan's relations with the continental Chinese," Sato continued to emphasize in the Diet that "today's Chinese have many problems to be solved.

Attitude was somewhat contradictory. S. ' At a press conference in 1970, Nixon stated: Ten years from now the Communist Chinese, for example, among others, may have a significant nuclear capability. They will not he a major nuclear power, but they will have a significant nuclear capability . . "' In contrast to President Nixon's official hostility to the Communist Chinese, Premier Sato's attitude was more modest. ' Better or worse, the Japanese government made a peace treaty with Taiwan, but I don't think Chiang hi-shek's generosity [of renouncing China's right to war reparations after World War 11] will constrain our relations with mainland China now.

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