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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

Foreign Affairs: China’s Coming Upheaval

The Xi regime’s hardline tactics—against Hong Kong protesters, human rights activists, and Muslim Uyghurs—make his country weaker, not stronger.

Joongang Daily: Coronavirus shuts down production at Korea’s factories overseas

South Korea’s industrial giants, including Hyundai, Samsung, and LG, have seen overseas production grind to a halt.

Japan Times: Americans warned to leave Japan or risk long stay as virus cases surge

The US embassy warned that Americans who do not leave soon should prepare to stay for an “indefinite period.”

Asia Times: SE Asia leaders face Covid-19 legitimacy crises

Authoritarian measures by governments across the region may be insufficient for the coming economic crisis.

South China Morning Post – Coronavirus Singapore: 100 to 1,000 infections in one month. What happened?

Singapore’s infection rate is not unusual globally, but does show how hard it is to beat back the virus.

Japan Times: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading

A panel of experts warned that “drastic countermeasures” are needed to slow the spread in Japan’s urban areas.

Foreign Policy: The Countries That Are Succeeding at Flattening the Curve

South Korea and Taiwan are among the countries that have shown the virus can be stopped.

Asia Times: China rolls out the Health Silk Road

China’s soft power since the outbreak has been carefully planned to offset paralysis in global supply chains.

Asia Times: China seizes Covid-19 advantage in South China Sea

Beijing looks to be stepping up military exercises and energy exploitation while the US grapples with the Covid-19.

Financial Times: Taiwan to donate 10m masks to Europe and US

7 million of the masks have been set aside for EU countries, three times the amount Beijing has promised.