In the years leading up to the outbreak of war in the Pacific, a major concern of American leaders was the desire of Japan to create an East Asia Co-Prosperity Alliance which would allow Japan to be the major nation in east Asia. Flash forward sixty years and Japan’s Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and China’s Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, are discussing the possibility of their nations working together to create an “East Asian Community.” Among the goals of such an organization of Asian nations would be cooperative efforts to promote regional agreements on energy and environmental issues.
This may well be a future nightmare for the United States as East Asian nations come together in a potential European Union. It would block out many American interests and possibly damage trade relations. Of course, it could lead to a spark by which Asian nations make giant economic jumps and thus open new markets for the United States.