Choose 6 of the following in essay form, must supporting your answer where possible with reference relevant data. each essay should have 4 paragraphs.
1. From Beijings perspective, the emerging configuration in East Asia looks remarkably like arestoration of the pre-Opium War order. To what degree is this a convincing view? What key changes will the US have to make to accommodate such a reality?
2. At what point did the US become irrevocably committed to intervention in Vietnam? What led to that commitment?
3. America has assumed that the emergency of powers in East Asia would be broadly consistent with the continuation of the rules-based order created by the uS in the wake of WWll. In what major ways is that assumption under challenge?
4. How did American Cold War priorities shape the development of East Asia after WWll?
5. Trade has been a major aspect of US relations with East Asia since the voyage of the Empress of China in 1783. How has its role in US/East Asian relations changed over the postwar period?
6. In what ways did continued uS presence facilitate stability in post-Cold War East Asia? What factors have eroded the US role?
7. Down to Japans surrender, the Korean peninsula scarcely registered as a concern for American statesmen. How have the unresolved tensions there since the Armistice of 1953 shaped US policy in the ensuing decades?
8. In the wake of Nationalist failure to consolidate their position in China after 1945, the US voted to reliance on Japan as its key ally in the region. What are the key challenges this has posed for American diplomacy over the ensuing seven decades and how have they been
9. What were the most important consequences of US involvement in Southeast Asia between 1950 and 1975 for the US? For Southeast Asia?
10. Since the opening to the People’s Republic of China in 1972, the issue of Taiwan has remained a contentious one in US/PRC relations. Assess the way in which that issue has been manage over the years.
11. What US interests were served by US willingness to accommodate state-led, export-oriented development first in Japan, then in South Korea, and finally in the PRC in the postwar period? The Trump administration is unwilling to continue these policies: does that reflect a more accurate assessment of US interest, naivete, or changed circumstances?( Provide evidence in support of your conclusion
12. To what degree and in what ways has the issue of climate change reshaped US relations with East Asia? To what degree should it, going forward?
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