John R. Deni / U.S. Pacific allies hindered by mutual mistrust - Press of Atlantic City: Commentary

John R. Deni / U.S. Pacific allies hindered by mutual mistrust

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:01 am

Recent disputes among some of the United States' closest Asian allies over largely uninhabited islands in the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea and the South China Sea underscore the challenges facing Washington in moving beyond the classic hub-and-spoke structure of its security system in the Western Pacific and in crafting a more collective approach. For some time - and as most recently reiterated in the 2010 National Security Strategy, the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review report and the 2011 National Military Strategy - the United States has sought to "multilateralize" its security relationships in the Pacific, similar to what exists in its ties to Europe.

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