The geostategic maritime enviornment in Northeast Asia is changing. The Cold War order- maked by the possession of nuclear weapons, aggressive warfighting strategies, and the naval confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States has been replaced by an indistinct arrangement reflecting the fluid state of international relations. As the two military superpowers ghave reduced their military presence in response to changed in international politics and growing economic contraints, so their political leverage over the region has diminished.
"Cooperative Maritime Security in Northeast Asia,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 52
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol52/iss1/4