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Pivoting To Success: Is Obama's Progress in the Asia-Pacific and Elsewhere Enough?

William Bradley | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With his eight-day tour of the Asia-Pacific, his affirmation of equality on the Internet, and his move to block mass deportations, President Barack Ob...

Asia Smiles for the Cameras

John Feffer | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
John Feffer

Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 "Peacemaker" brought peace to the Wild West.

The Dance of Superpowers

John Feffer | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

The US and China are engaged in a dance of global partnership in which the two tightly embrace or wriggle warily in tandem at a distance, depending on the background music. At the same time, where there is overlap in the perceived spheres of influence, the music stops and the two countries argue over who calls the tune.

China and India's Next Rivalry: Energy

Aziz Nayani | Posted 11.06.2014 | World
Aziz Nayani

The two countries are expected to account for the largest demand of energy resources between now and 2035, according to a report by BP, and have been working diligently to secure new sources of energy.

Obama's Troublesome Distractions Won't Wreck His Asia-Pacific Pivot (But Not Because of Him)

William Bradley | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

One good thing for the president is that his Asia-Pacific Pivot -- heightened engagement with the rising region, and nascent superpower China -- hasn't been wrecked by the lengthening array of Obama administration distractions, including his troubled and tardy war against Isis.

Alibaba, the Golden Child of China's Globalization Strategy

Roselyn Hsueh | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Roselyn Hsueh

With the world increasingly and economically beholden to China and Chinese business, China's globalization strategy has won dividends at home and abroad.

U.S. Eases Ban On Weapons Sales To Vietnam

AP | MATTHEW PENNINGTON | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Thursday it was partially lifting its ban on sales of weaponry to Vietnam to help its maritime securit...

Corregidor

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 09.26.2014 | Travel
Melissa DeCastro

Corregidor is a beautiful tribute to the men who served here, the lives lost, and the world as it is today because of the battles fought by those brave men born into a time when the world was at war and peace and stability a gift to the future.

Why Japan Misreads China -- And What To Do About It

Asahi Shimbun | Wataru Sawamura | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

BEIJING -- Confrontation between Japan and China over the perception of their shared history continues to only deepen nearly 70 years after the en...

Indonesia, America and China's Nine-Dash Line

Stanley Weiss | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

When the history of the early part of the 21st century is written, one of the great heroes of the People's Republic of China might turn out to be an anonymous map-maker from the late 1940s whose work is helping to drive increasingly dangerous confrontations today between China and its neighbors across the South China Sea.

China Vows To Respond To U.S. Surveillance Flights

AP | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday it will continue responding to U.S. military surveillance flights off its coast, rejecting American accusations t...

ISIS Crisis: Is Obama About to Reverse One of His Worst Decisions?

William Bradley | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama is at last signaling that he may be ready to reverse one of his most foolish and perplexing stances. That is his refusal to strike against ISIS in Syria because it would aid the Assad regime in continuing to exist.

Kerry Reaffirms 'Ambitious Agenda' of U.S. Engagement in Asia and the Pacific

East-West Center | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
East-West Center

In terms of economic growth, Kerry focused on negotiations over the sweeping, 12-nation Tans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, or TPP. Negotiators had hoped to conclude a TPP agreement a number of months ago, but progress on the complex pact has slowed since then.

Kerry Aims To Calm South China Sea Tensions

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 10.08.2014 | World

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its sma...

Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The past six months have seen an incredible ratcheting up of tensions in the East and South China Seas, where the world's three largest economies are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of territorial disputes, competing alliances, and historical grievances.

Vietnam in a Quandary: China's Aggression, America's Seduction

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Andrew Lam

Thi Quang Lam, a former general in the South Vietnamese army talks about issues related to contemporary Vietnam and its growing unrest, spurred in large part by China's aggression and Hanoi's muted response.

What the Scottish Referendum Teaches the World

Ziad Haider | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
Ziad Haider

While the movie Braveheart elicits eye rolls in Scotland for its inaccuracies (and marvel at its impact on tourism), William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, two key characters, are central figures in Scottish history.

Is This What Terror War Success Looks Like?

William Bradley | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What does success against jihadist terrorist groups look like? For all the talk of a Forever War, we might just have an answer now.

RIMPAC 2014 and the Future of Sino-U.S. Military-to-Military Relations

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

In June 2014, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will for the first time join the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) -- the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise.

America Has Never Faced a Power Like China

Bob Hawke | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Bob Hawke

China today is a country that is fundamentally more powerful than any that America has ever had to encounter before. It is also a country that has a stronger sense of its place and status than any country in the world except perhaps America itself.

Is China's Hard Power Undermining its Soft Power?

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

To put the Middle Kingdom's soft power in context, while China is building bullet trains to connect 80 percent of its cities, half of all Indians still lack toilets. China's newly aggressive posture in the East and South China Seas, not to mention its commercial cyberspying, threaten to undermine that soft power. This is not to say that China is singularly at fault or that some of its claims are not legitimate and that others, especially Japan, are not culpable in raising tensions. Everyone now also knows that American NSA cyberspying is globally pervasive. But it is to say that much of the rest of the world perceives a new confrontational tone in Beijing.

Japan and China Should Sit Down at the Negotiating Table

Shinzō Abe | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Shinzō Abe

The Asia-Pacific region has achieved tremendous growth in the span of a single generation. Regrettably, a large and relatively disproportionate share of the fruits of that growth is going toward military expansion. The sources of instability include not only the threat of weapons of mass destruction, but also -- and more immediately -- efforts to alter the territorial status quo through force or coercion. And those efforts are taking place largely at sea. We do not welcome dangerous encounters by fighter aircraft and vessels at sea. What Japan and China must exchange are words. Should we not meet at the negotiating table, exchange smiles and handshakes, and get down to talking?

A Pandora's Box is Opening Up in East Asia

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

Today, Asia once again faces a historical challenge. It is standing at the crossroads between progress and retrogression. Why and how have we come this far? Partly, this is accounted for by the new and divergent outlook for the regional order -- a rising China, a resurgent Japan, strong Russia, anachronistic North Korea obsessed with the pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the United States who is rebalancing to Asia. It looks like the "Pandora's Box" is being opened, with all sorts of problems -- both old and new -- popping up, complicating the already very complex situation. Any of these developments, if mishandled or left unchecked, could escalate into a much more serious situation with far reaching consequences for the region.

Why China and America are Headed Toward a Catastrophic Clash

Hugh White | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
Hugh White

Both Washington and China are steadily upping the stakes in their rivalry as China's provocations of U.S. friends and allies become more flagrant and America's commitments to support them become more categorical. Both believe they can do this with impunity because both believe the other will back down to avoid a clash. There is a disconcertingly high chance that they are both wrong. Asia today therefore carries the seeds of a truly catastrophic episode of mutual misperception.

U.S. Accuses China Of 'Destabilizing' Asia Over South China Sea Claims

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

By David Brunnstrom and Lee Chyen Yee SINGAPORE, May 31 (Reuters) - The United States and China squared off at an Asian secur...