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Japan: From Passive Partner to Active Ally

Envall, HDP


Japan is America’s key ally in the Asia-Pacific, with the US–Japan alliance the foundation of America’s role as a ‘Pacific’ power. Indeed, the United States ‘has no better friend in the world than Japan’. This important alliance emerged from Japan’s defeat in World War II and the subsequent American-led occupation, but especially from America’s shifting global strategy in the early Cold War. Increasingly tense relations with the Soviet Union, the communist victory in China and the Korean War...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2017
Type: Book chapter
Source: Global Allies: Comparing US Alliances in the 21st Century
DOI: 10.22459/GA.06.2017.02


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