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

The Diplomat: The US Is Pushing Back Against China. What Happens If We Succeed?

Thinking through the implications of a China collapse.

ASEAN Today: Is a splinternet emerging? ASEAN nations are turning to a Chinese model on internet censorship

A review of the growing trend toward internet control in Southeast Asia.

The Diplomat: Is Japan Anti-China?

A reminder of Japan’s dilemma as it tries to maintain separation between its economic and security relationship with China.

The Diplomat: China and Russia Pose Different Problems for the US. They Need Different Solutions.

An argument for why the US needs to recognize that Russia and China represent different challenges to US interests.

The Diplomat: What Does the New Submarine Deal Mean for South Korea-Indonesia Relations?

South Korea’s latest submarine sale to Indonesia reflects its growing role in military equipment sales in Southeast Asia and its broader efforts to diversify its economic relations.

East Asia Forum: Tightening the belt and road in Malaysia

Malaysia’s response to concerns over China’s Belt and Road Initiative reflects the broader pragmatism among Southeast Asian countries in dealing with major powers.

The Interpreter – Follow the money: how foreign aid spending tells of Pacific priorities

An analysis of foreign assistance to Pacific Island states shows the priorities of the donors.

The Diplomat – South Korea and Japan: Where to From Here?

Can South Korea’s inability to facilitate an agreement between the US and the DPRK in Hanoi result in better relations between South Korea and Japan?

RSIS – BRI as a Regional Enterprise: Headwinds in the Way?

Lim and Xin argue that China should recognize some of the key impediments to its Belt and Road Initiative in ASEAN and give some suggestions on how to address them.