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PacNet #13 – Bush’s Korea Policy Gravitates Toward China. Will Taiwan Policy Follow?

The Bush administration came into office with a clear policy toward East Asia that emphasized consolidating
relations with key allies, like South Korea, and with longstanding friends, like Taiwan, in the face of threats posed by North Korea and China. Several important allies, notably Japan and Australia, have cooperated closely with the United States on regional affairs, Iraq, and the war on terrorism, and U.S. relations with and reliance on Tokyo and Canberra remain strong.