Occasional Analysis

With the presidential elections in the U.S. scheduled for Nov. 4, the candidates’ views of relations with Asia are of great interest to the foreign policy community in the U.S. and throughout Asia. In an effort to provide some insight into the policies of Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, we have surveyed both campaigns’ statements to answer a series of questions regarding their Asia policy stances as the basis of this quarter’s Occasional Analysis.

Daily Digest

Nikkei Asian Review: Russia woos China to join nuclear framework with US

Is Russia trying to convince China to join the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty in an effort to convince the US to preserve a framework for controlling intermediate range weapons?

South China Morning Post: South Korea nimbly dodges crossfire of US-China trade war

An assessment of how South Korea is impacted by and responding to the US-China trade skirmish.

East Asia Forum: Favourable currents for ASEAN–China relations in the South China Sea

Have FONOPs by “external powers” become a problem that hinders progress in resolving maritime disputes in the South China Sea?

Asia Times: Malaysia opens old and new wounds with Singapore

While Malaysia-Singapore relations have deteriorated over the current territorial dispute, both sides realize that they need to maintain cooperation in the long-term.

Asia Times: Japan, US silent over ending ballistic missile patrols

An explanation of the evolving role ballistic missile defense is playing in the US-Japan alliance.

The National Interest: China Girds for Undersea Battle in the South China Sea

An excellent summary of China’s efforts to upgrade its undersea naval capabilities.

The Interpreter: How Australia should deepen ties with India

Suggestions on how Australia should pursue improved relations with India.

East Asia Forum: The year China’s luck ran dry

An examination of China’s response following the collapse of two of its longstanding assumptions (the US would never abandon its rules- and treaty-based order, and a stable international system would allow China to focus on domestic issues indefinitely) suggests a serious lack of creativity in undertaking social and political change.

The Diplomat: Myanmar Speeds up Progress on China’s Belt and Road

The China-Myanmar Economic Corridor initiative reflects Myanmar’s growing engagement with China’s Belt and Road Initiative as opportunities for foreign direct investment from the West diminish.

The Diplomat: What China’s New E-Commerce Law Could Mean for IP Protection

An explanation of how China’s new e-commerce law could potentially be a step toward more effective intellectual property protection.