The Strategic Pacific

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The Bases Question

Coming Tokyo Summit Focuses Attention

When leaders of the seven principal non-communist industrial countries meet in Tokyo May 4–6 for their annual summit conference,1 world attention will inevitably follow. The vast Pacific Basin's economic and strategic importance will again be brought to the forefront of American public thought, which recently has fastened almost solely upon events in the Mediterranean. While the thrust of the conference is economic, especially Japan's role in international trade and finance, U.S. security interests in the Pacific are not left aside, even if they do not appear on the formal agenda. The Pacific Basin, in President Reagan's words, “is where the future of the world lies,”2 As if to underline the importance he ascribes to Asia, Reagan will make ...

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