(Updated Tuesday, Apr 1, 2008, 05:18:12 PM to reflect the 100 most recent valid responses.)

Which of the following nations will be the U.S.'s most important Asian diplomatic partner in the 21st century?
China | 23%
Taiwan | 25%
Corea | 26%
Japan | 26%

Which of the following should be the U.S.'s top Asia-policy objective?
Keep China from attacking Taiwan | 24%
Promote peaceful reunification of Corea | 26%
Keep Japan from becoming a military power | 23%
Bring home all U.S. troops stationed on Asian soil | 27%

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Re-armament of Japan? Why not?
Some say the re-armament of Japan will bring out the intension of Asia-Pacific region. But I don't agree.
After re-unification of the two nations of Korean peninsula, the necessity of US army in this area will be reduced, which means the balance of power should be needed for all. China and Russia are already two powerful countries. Japan?
As you know, Japan has many weak points mainly for the past history.
Of course, any Japanese government has to solve this problem constructively. They must abandon political gestures only for Japanese politicians and try to improve the relation with neighbouring countries including Korea and China.
After this problems being solved wisely, the more practical status can be given to Japan. It will be helpful especially for the weak nations such as Korea and Taiwan.
The power square composed of China, Russia, Japan and US will be a war deterrent in this area.
Lee, H.W.    Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 06:34:35 (PST)    []
China had a plan ever since mao brought his troops into the imperial palace. His master - Sun Yat Sen had ideals of a new china. One that is realized now. China is exploiting its citizens's low quality of life to bring a quick and abrupt financial big bang. Without focus and restraint in its human policies, you cannot have this big bang. The mainland chinese of the next generation will enjoy the fruits of their parents' meager lives.

And yes i think bush is embarrasing us americans.
Tseng Yuk Shan    Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 17:34:06 (PST)
I don't mind the Japanese re-arming. However, I would like to see them recognize their crimes and teach it to all their school kids.
Jaric    Tuesday, August 06, 2002 at 11:44:15 (PDT)
You USA bashers are something else. You all go on and on about how China is some righteous, morally superior, fair, and glorious country. That's akin to my saying I boink Denise Richards doggy style regularly-both are a bunch of nonsense. The US is messed up and Bush Jr. is an undeniable twit, but China is in a league of its own. China won't even let a few folks practice Falun Gong-and this is just for starters. What would they think about Tae Bo? Their knack for repressiveness has made China a hot bed for human traffickers. You guys talk about America's knee-jerk reaction to world events, but you all do the very same thing when you defend China just because you're Asian or particularly Chinese.

ME    Friday, May 31, 2002 at 13:25:50 (PDT)

You are in a fantasy land of your own. "China will bring equilibrium back to the world". That was your statement. Actually, I was just thinking that China, in some way or another, they will be responsible for the next big world war.
sothias    Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 20:19:16 (PDT)
> "axis of evil"

It's a nice sound bite, probably thought up by his media advisor. Besides, we need our own jihad...more fun this way. Maybe it gives them more credit than they deserve (not as near the level of Reagan's "evil empire") but isn't the Muslim vs. Democracy battle the greatest threat to world peace and prosperity? And without them to buy the NK weaponry, NK has one less rock for thier sling?

The great Cowboy Reagan licked the evil empire, one more to go. Ride'em Cowboy!

> "It looks like the US of A have stuffed up big time."

This stuff goes on all the time between Russia, US, China and even with "our friends". It's not "arrogance and disrespectful attitude" its spycraft Testosterone.
xboy    Friday, May 10, 2002 at 09:53:30 (PDT)
What goes round comes around

George W's rhetoric against Iraq, Iran and NK is the typical knee jerk action of the “holier than thou” attitudes of the bible-belt Americans – they think they are G-d’s gift to the world.

They think they know what’s best for the lessor brethren of the world – so what even if they want to oppress their women, teach the Koran to their children at the expense of basic education, etc. – I mean who really needs MTV, 500 channels of TV and big pool in the back yard that you gotta mow all the time?

xrossed id in NYC    Thursday, May 09, 2002 at 11:14:03 (PDT)
What goes round comes around,

Don't worry there is only 2 more years left in his term. That's if we can survive that long.
AC Dropout    Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 14:16:22 (PST)
When will George Dubbya stop spinning embarassing rhetoric about his crusade against so called enemy countries? His comments regarding Iraq, Iran and North Korea as the "axis of evil" is just gross oversimplification which is counter productive, provocative and distances the US from allied countries. The US needs Iran more than Iran needs the US against Iraq. Who are the people writing these presidential speeches for him? Junior High students?. The man is a constant embarassment.
What goes round comes around    Friday, February 01, 2002 at 09:28:52 (PST)
The most important country in Asia during the 21st century is clearly China. Looking at Asia, China is basically the Asian continent while the rest of E. Asia countries are either a bunch of islands or peninsulas. Japan and the rest of E. Asia will likely realign with the Middle Kingdom over the coming decades. The US's closest and most reliable ally could very well be Australia. The US's top Asia policy objective is to manage the re-emergence of China as the natural hegemonic power in the region. China was the leading superpower in the region for basically 4,800 out of 5,000 years. The last 200 years, the country was fragmented and contained by all the leading European imperial powers. This imbalance allowed secondary power, namely Japan, to temporary occupies the top spot. However, this abnormal geopolitical position is gradually coming to an end. As China continues to unify and develop, it’ll once again regain its natural power status and bring equilibrium back to the region and the world.

Pax    Friday, January 25, 2002 at 01:16:23 (PST)
It looks like the US of A have stuffed up big time. How are you guys supposed to develop better relations with China when you guys just keep on provoking them and i refer to the bugging of President Jiang Zemin's aeroplane. It is this sort of arrogance and disrespectful attitude from the US that makes some parts of the world hate america so much.
what goes round comes around    Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 18:39:21 (PST)