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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 
13 May 2020
Dr Kuan-Jen Chen published his article “Projecting Poseidon’s Trident: America’s East Asia and the Shifting Contours of 1950s Postwar Naval Policy” in Cold War History Journal

 

(https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14682745.2020.1752676). Drawing on unpublished official documents from the US and Taiwan, Chen’s article argues that the crises in the western Pacific, particularly the Korean War and the First Taiwan Strait Crisis, led the Truman administration to alter its perception of maritime space. The US accordingly shaped international waters as a link tying Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan together by projecting its military influence. The western Pacific, for Washington, became the most strategically valued area, which was the frontier of the Cold War with the Soviet Union and its Chinese comrades.