The monumental events that have hastened the collapse of communism in Europe have inevitably raised major concerns about the future of Communist regimes and systems in Asia. What are the prospects for reform there? What do the changes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union signify for Asia. What effect would the decline of communism in Asia have on superpower relations and relations with non-Communist Asian countries? This volume examines these and other related questions, and includes leading scholars on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean affairs, as well as contributions by selected foreign specialists who provide their perspectives and analyses. The first part offers commentary on the nature of political changes in the former Communist bloc and their implications for selected Asian countries. Essays in the second part assess the likely impact of political developments on China, North and South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, and on Japanese-Soviet relations and U.S.-Japanese economic and security relations.
Young C. Kim and Gaston J. Sigur