Is Washington Getting Set To Tilt From Tokyo To Beijing?

American policy toward Asia, plagued for years by swings, could be headed for another one. After spats with Beijing over trade and proliferation issues, Washington is working hard to thaw frigid U.S.-Chinese relations. Indeed, recognizing China's exploding economic and military clout, the Clintonites are beginning to debate just how close those ties should grow. Some senior Administration officials are toying with the idea of a Sino-American partnership. That could prompt an overhaul of U.S. Asia policy, which for years was based on China as a military threat.

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