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It’s a big deal that China is using infrastructure as a peaceful way of extending its influence around its periphery. We should expect to see increased port developments in Eurasia territories, which will translate to greater trade efficiency.
95 percent of the people of the country, her constituency, do not want to support this population. Aung San Suu Kyi has to push back against a broad, anti-Rohingya sentiment and a national security threat in their minds, if she wants to speak up for them. So she is treading a very fine line. She can do more, but she is in a very tight position.
The battle to export bullet trains is clearly reflective of the broader rivalry between China and Japan for influence in Asia. Consequently, the India deal is not only a business coup for Japan but also a geostrategic one.
On one hand, China doesn’t want collapse, chaos and war on the Korean Peninsula. But on the other, it doesn’t want Kim Jong Un to continue to create instability and chaos through its nuclear and missile programs.
Two of our SAGE speakers, Paul Haenle and Yukon Huang, sat down to discuss major issues in U.S.-China economic relations.
Washington will need sound approaches to the wars in Syria and Yemen, Iraq’s fragility and other regional challenges like the fight between Qatar and its neighbors. But none of this will be possible if there is an international crisis every time there’s a new deadline for certifying compliance or waiving sanctions.
I think it was a huge mistake by the Trump Administration to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This was very important in showing America’s commitment and leadership to trade and economics in the Asia Pacific region, and it will have major negative repercussions for how we are perceived in terms of our commitment to the Asia Pacific region, and to the international community more broadly.
Tony Nash featured in: North Korea: ‘Toughest ever’ sanctions will only work in long term - 15th Sep
The magnitude of the sanctions depends on the duration. If they are only in force for two or three months, they’re not going to have any bite. These resources when they’re rationed go from the people with no power to the people with power. So it really won’t hurt the folks it is supposed to hurt that much if it’s just 30% reduction on oil imports.
Kevin Rudd: Economic integration won’t shield Asia from war, but a truly pan-Asian security grouping might - 13th Sep
An expanding East Asia Summit will not exist as a substitute for evolving and existing alliance structures. But it could help take the sharper edges off what is now unfolding, as well as slowly evolving concepts of common security, military transparency and common military exercises. These could, over time, help preserve the “long peace” from which we have collectively benefited since the end of the last Korean war.
Ben Rhodes: Former Obama officials Samantha Power and Ben Rhodes have advice for President Trump - 13th Sep
The irony is that Donald Trump and the people around him love to talk about America and exceptionalism, how great we are, but frankly they are diminishing America around the world. They are not even on the field. They are out of the Paris agreement, they’re not showing up at the refugee camps, they’re not showing up in South East Asia, they’re not showing up in Cuba.