By Michael J. Mazarr
An in-depth research of the army, fiscal, and political implications of the strategic and tactical missile defenses for the Asian-Pacific quarter. It bargains updated study at the prestige of SDI and Asian-Pacific nations and provides an advent to the SDI debate and Europe. Michael Mazarr has written for a couple of periodicals together with "Defense Analysis". he's the co-editor of "Technology move to the Soviet Union - issue for the West" and is presently engaged on "Semper Fidel - American international relations and Cuba, 1776-1988".
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As America's own budgetary problems increase and its role 20 An Introduction to the Missile Defence Debate in the world necessarily declines, its demands for greater defence expenditure by its allies, especially Japan, will undoubtedly intensify, and tensions over this issue will certainly grow. Japanese relations with the Soviet Union have become somewhat more cordial in recent years, without showing any signs of a significant breakthrough. Soviet Foreign Minister Shevardnadze visited Japan in January 1986, marking the first time in a decade that a Soviet official of his rank had visited the country.
271-5. ' 20 The fishing agreement with Kiribati has recently collapsed, and the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Western Samoa have all rejected Soviet offers of closer relationships. The Soviet Union itself is also bedevilled with economic and political difficulties. Gorbachev has recognized these, and has expressed a need for change, admitting that the Soviet Union stands to lose geopolitical momentum - to be on the downside of the 'correlation of forces', as the Russians put it- if current trends continue.
Most observers predict that the economic boom will continue, though perhaps not at quite the same breakneck pace. Politically, the ruling Nationalist party or Kuomintang (KMT), headed until late 1987 by President Chiang-Ching-kuo, has begun to loosen the screws of total control. Internal dissent within the party, with younger members deriding the conservatism of their elders, may have been a contributing factor. In May 1986, the KMT opened discussions with the opposition to provide a framework for the legalization of opposition parties and an end to martial law.