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: US Coast Guard Conducts South Pacific Fisheries Patrols in Coordination With Canada

Joint US-Canada Coast Guard patrols in the South Pacific: the new normal?

East Asia Forum: Bad legal arguments against Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and indictment

An explanation of the legal basis for the arrest of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou.

PacNet #11A – Reply to PacNet 11

Project Syndicate: Why a US-China Trade Deal Is Not Enough

US-China competition will continue to grow even if they reach a trade deal because China needs to allay US security concerns.

East Asia Forum: Canberra’s growing silence on US leadership in Asia

Is Australia growing skeptical about US leadership in Asia?

ASEAN Today: US-ASEAN Forum shows the need for concrete plans on economic integration and human rights

Can the US and Southeast Asia actually create a partnership to promote good governance and economic cooperation?

The Interpreter – One casualty of Jolo bombing: Indonesian-Philippine trust

Political expediency and the eagerness to internationalize terrorist activity in Mindanao has the unintended consequence of reducing the likelihood of bilateral cooperation between the Philippines and Indonesia.

The Diplomat: Is This a True Thaw in Sino-Japanese Relations?

Despite some movement on diplomatic reconciliation between Japan and China, cooperation on infrastructure development remains fraught.

The Diplomat: South Korea Eyes ASEAN’s Port Projects Amid Domestic Slowdown

Is South Korea becoming the next big investor in Southeast Asian infrastructure projects?

Project Syndicate: The Looming Taiwan Crisis

An explanation of the risks associated with attempting to change the US “One China” policy.