Magazine October 18, 2010, Issue

Eastern Approaches

President Barack Obama is greeted by soldiers as he arrives at a hall to deliver a speech to soldiers from U.S. Forces Korea before his departure at the U.S. airbase in Seoul, S. Korea, November 19, 2009. (Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters)
Will the U.S. remain dominant in the Asia-Pacific region?

Thirty-five years ago this past March, the Vietnamese port city of Da Nang was convulsed by artillery shelling, bloody street violence, and chaotic evacuations, as Communist troops approached and throngs of desperate refugees tried to escape. In August 2010, a very different Da Nang received a visit from the guided-missile destroyer U.S.S. John S. McCain, which hosted bilateral “naval-engagement activities” to mark the 15th anniversary of normalized diplomatic relations. It was the first time since the war that American and Vietnamese servicemen had participated in joint military-training exercises. “This is indicative of the increasingly closer ties between the U.S. and

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