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PacNet #36 – A Chance to Restore the Balance

The visit next week of Japan’s new prime minister will provide a good opportunity to review the key issues – the Asian financial crisis, North Korean missile capabilities and the U.S.-Japan security system – facing the two leaders. More important, it will also provide a chance to right the balance in our East Asian policy, which was badly skewed by the hype of the President’s visit to China and the shunning of Japan that took place en route.