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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

Foreign Policy: Can Thailand’s Protest Movement Broaden Its Appeal?

To succeed, the protesters will have to overcome old regional and class divides—and new ones, along generational lines.

Nikkei Asian Review: How will Japan’s new leader handle growing China-US tensions?

After years warning others to be wary of Beijing, Tokyo is now adopting a low profile.

Asia Times: Kim Jong Un issues rare apology to the South

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was “very sorry” for the killing of a South Korean civilian, calling it “regrettable.”

South China Morning Post – China-India border row: stay alert for surprise Indian attack, retired Chinese general warns

China should stay on alert for surprise attacks along its disputed Himalayan border with India, a retired Chinese general has warned, claiming that New Delhi has at least doubled its troops in the area.

The Japan Times: PM Suga talks with Moon for first time but signals no fresh start

Suga has rejected the view that Japan will soften its stance on South Korea under his leadership.

Foreign Policy: As Decoupling Grows, the West Risks Losing Insight Into China

In the worst-case scenario, academic decoupling risks creating a lost generation of Western policymakers and analysts who cannot fully become China hands due to a lack of language and cultural expertise.

Asia Times: Duterte tightens grip as the Philippines falls apart

Facing an acute economic crisis, a persistent Covid-19 outbreak and declining popularity, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended a state of national calamity for another year.

South China Morning Post: If coronavirus unmasked Trump’s hostility to China, could Biden contain it?

The approaching election has raised the question of whether a victory for Joe Biden would improve relations that have deteriorated so sharply, with public health a potential area for mutual benefit.

Hindustan Times: India prepared for a long haul over disengagement but not yield an inch in Ladakh

India and China have agreed to stop sending more troops to Ladakh, but New Delhi is preparing for multiple rounds of military-diplomatic talks.

NK News: Will South Korea’s president ever stop pushing for diplomacy with the North?

In a prerecorded video address at the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly, Moon pitched a peace declaration and other cooperation involving North Korea to the international community.