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Capitalist Restructuring and the Pacific Rim by Ravi Palat

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1 Geopolitical ecology of US hegemony

 

The Pacific Ocean is now our ocean. It never before was anybody's since the earth was formed. The Chinese of the great Central Kingdom never came down to the sea — they never built any ports, let alone ever set out across the stormy deeps. The British may have held a kind of sway as part of their Rule Britannia. The Japanese, with ferocious industry, pretty nearly held it commercially and made, as we recall, a bid to establish their imperial sun in all its skies, but they were doomed to fail because of the United States. Now the Pacific is America's.

Henry R. Luce, Life, February 23, 1953

If the Second World War transformed the Pacific Ocean into an ‘American Lake,’ not even the most audacious soothsayer ...

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