Trouble in The East

In exclusive interviews, leaders in South Korea and China talk about fears of North Korea's nuclear aspirations and problems with the U.S.

Bill Clinton's Administration has proclaimed Asia "one of the most important regions for U.S. policy going into the 21st century." But recently U.S. Asia policy has taken a downward slide. Washington failed to persuade Japan to adopt tangible targets for opening specific segments of its market to more imports. Secretary of State Warren Christopher visited Beijing under a storm cloud of criticism from the Chinese, who accused the U.S. of interfering in their internal affairs by demanding human-rights improvements in order to continue granting China most-favored-nation trade status. And no sooner had Christopher returned home than North Korea resumed its stubborn...

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