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Introduction: Rethinking the “Cold War” in the Asia-Pacific

The “End of the Cold War” in the Asia-Pacific? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Emergence and Evolution of the Cold War in the Asia-Pacific: From the Yalta Blueprint to the San Francisco System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

“End of the Cold War” in the Euro-Atlantic and “Détente” in the Asia-Pacific? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

“Post-Cold War” in the Euro-Atlantic and the “Recurrent Cold War” in the Asia-Pacific? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

The San Francisco Peace Treaty and Regional Conflicts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Since the late 1980s, “the end of the Cold War” has been taken for granted by many academics, journalists, and politicians in their search for a new international order, paradigm, or framework. Today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the development of world events following the 9/11 incident in the USA (2001), for example, the wars in Afghanistan (2002) and Iraq (2003), indeed makes the “Cold War” sound like an old historical event. However, carefully reviewing the history and present status of the structure of conflicts, the question has to be faced: has the Cold War really ended in the Asia-Pacific region?