Conflict Patterns in East Asia and the Western Pacific

  • Lawrence E. Grinter
  • Young Whan Kihl


East Asia is today one of the most economically dynamic regions in the world, the region which provides both a competitive edge and an economic challenge to the West. East Asia is becoming the world’s most productive region whose goods, technology, and services are outcompeting the West in many instances.1 East Asia, however, is also a conflict-ridden region, as subsequent discussion in this book will amply demonstrate. It is a region heavily armed militarily, a region where the interests of four major world powers—the United States, the Soviet Union, China, and Japan—converge and crisscross. The nuclear buildup in the Soviet Far East has accelerated in the recent decade, thereby posing serious policy dilemmas for the United States and its allies in Asia.2


Korean Peninsula Khmer Rouge Western PACIFIC Southern Kurile Island Defense Expenditure 
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