Comprehensive Security in Asia: Views from Asia and the West by Kurt W. Radtke, Raymond Feddema

By Kurt W. Radtke, Raymond Feddema

This can be an exam of "Comprehensive safety" as a coverage that is going past the necessities of army defence opposed to a specific "enemy" to emphasize the necessity to consider different elements very important to nationwide balance: meals, strength, setting, verbal exchange and social safeguard.

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He focuses in particular on the composition of the "energy basket", and links the increasing supply of clean forms of energy, such as the import of natural gas to China's east coast, to existing environmental concerns. He demonstrates that it is possible to achieve a sound balance between the political demands of maintaining independence in decision making and the need to expand energy imports. The topic of China's independence also figures high in Wang Xiaodong's treatise on "Basic development trend of Sino-US relations in 1997".

AN OVERVIEW OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS 17 Vietnam and the region Nguyen Vu Tung's article on "Vietnam's new concept of security in the context of Doi-Moi" emphasises the vital necessity of coping with poverty and backwardness, the greatest enemies of Vietnam in this period. He is clearly concerned about the fact that the Asian crises and poverty threaten not only Vietnam, but other countries in the region as well. He does not ignore the domestic causes of the economic crisis, but adds that what has happened reflects the lack of a regulating body beyond the national level with regard to the international financial and stock markets, which have been increasingly integrated.

At the same time, the internal structure of Japan's Asian neighbours differs in many aspects from that of Japan. Active co-operation on matters of military security with other Asian nations must, as a matter of course, be considerably less intensive than are the relations between France, Germany and Great Britain in the initial stages. While taking into account the differences with its neighbours, Japan endeavours to foster co-operation to the largest possible extent. This is the background to the concept of comprehensive security as formulated in 1980 by a study group appointed by Prime Minister Ohira, which called for Japan to use a blend of economic, political and military tools to maintain its security.

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