Magazine June 22, 2020, Issue

The U.S. Needs a New Grand Strategy for Asia

Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials applaud after the vote on the national security legislation for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 28, 2020. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)
Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, by Michael R. Auslin (Hoover Institution Press, 262 pp., $29.95)

Since World War II, more American soldiers have perished in East Asia than anywhere else. The twin imperatives of containing Communism and maintaining the regional balance of power drew U.S. forces into wars in Korea and Vietnam, with casualties far exceeding those of later conflicts in the Middle East.

Yet for all the American blood shed in the region, Washington’s policy goals in Asia never faced a serious threat during the Cold War. In the U.S.–Soviet rivalry, East Asia played a peripheral role to the competition for Europe. Meanwhile, for Mao’s China, international relations took a back-seat to the development of

This article appears as “A New Grand Strategy for Asia” in the June 22, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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