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Washington's Eastern Sunset

The Decline of U.S. Power in Northeast Asia

Authors: Jason T. Shaplen, and James T. Laney
November/December 2007
Foreign Affairs


After 60 years of U.S. domination, the balance of power in Northeast Asia is shifting. The United States is in relative decline, China is on the rise, and Japan and South Korea are in flux. To maintain U.S. power in the region, Washington must identify the trends shaping this transition and embrace new tools and regimes that broaden the United States' power base.

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