Aquino may have risked a permanent estrangement with the Chinese leadership over his fiery rhetoric. But it is hoping that rising international concerns over the South China Sea disputes will translate into greater external support against China.
Taiwan must survive. It's not just democracy. It's not just five thousand years of culture. It's not just sweet-smelling hills and rivers like perfume. Nor is it cliffs like granite collapsing into oceans like glittering marble.
The United States' stance which was largely neutral earlier over the disputed islets in the East China Sea between China and Japan seems to have morphed from ambiguous neutrality to a more pro-Japanese flavor.
Unbalanced, by Stephen Roach, is lucid and accessible, immensely informative and insightful. It is, most certainly, one of the most important books on the relationship between the United States and China to be published in at least a decade.
No American president has ever begun a year with as many different foreign policy crises as Obama now faces. It would be understandable if he took one look at this list and remained in Hawaii playing golf.
While states may have difficulty escaping the security dilemma, mutual understanding that fears and insecurity (rather than bad intentions) are driving behavior can provide a starting point for constructive discussions.
History is change. Unless the United States does something radically different or unless the Chinese miracle of operating a booming economy in a repressive society implodes, the question is when China will surpass us economically. Not whether.
The Leveretts are ideally positioned to champion the case for normalizing relations between the United States and Iran -- a case that desperately needs to be both made and heard in Washington. Lamentably, their ideological contortions get in the way and derail the effort.
If the United States were to change its global behavior, it might discover that the calls for early retirement fade. Then, as a more cooperative international player, America could truly enjoy its imperial twilight in the sure knowledge that the deluge is not imminent.
Given its overwhelming conventional military superiority, increasing missile defense capabilities, and guarantees to key allies, the United States does not require these missiles to deter Iran or North Korea.