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Charting America’s Cold War Waters in East Asia: Sovereignty, Local Interests, and International Security has been published

Date: 2024-06-03

Shifting the focus from land to sea when considering the Cold War in East Asia, Kuan-Jen Chen sheds light on the importance of the ‘oceanic’ lens as a structural imperative in grand strategic thinking. Despite extensive scholarship on post-war US–East Asia relations, questions about the relationship between maritime space, national sovereignty, and geopolitics have not been fully explored. Drawing on archives in Chinese, English, and Japanese, Chen uses the western Pacific as a historical platform, illustrating the relationship between the geopolitical value of the sea and the strategic deliberations of American and East Asian decision-making. The recent deterioration of US–China relations has turned maritime East Asia into a powder keg, with no country in the region able to remain neutral. By anchoring today’s maritime East Asia in the past, this book traces the evolution of historical factors that led to the current status quo in the western Pacific, and shows the origins of controversial issues in the region.

Website:https://reurl.cc/xaKnYE, https://reurl.cc/0vaKOb