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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.

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The Korea Herald: Two Koreas look toward new relationship with Biden

Policymakers in Seoul and Pyongyang are trying to figure out how Biden’s White House will approach the Korean Peninsula, where tensions still linger.

The Diplomat – Sea Vigil: India’s Coastal Security Exercise

Since the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, coastal security has assumed particular importance among India’s national security concerns.

Focus Taiwan – Biden to make sure Taiwan can defend itself: Blinken

Joe Biden’s secretary of state nominee said the US commitment “that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself” will continue.

South China Morning Post: Will Joe Biden meet Xi Jinping? China awaits clues to future of US relations

As US President Joe Biden takes the helm, he will need to reckon with a very different China than the country he dealt with as vice-president more than four years ago.

The New York Times: Biden Inaugurated as the 46th President Amid a Cascade of Crises

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. and Kamala Devi Harris took the oath of office at a Capitol still reeling from the attack of a violent mob at a time when a deadly pandemic is still ravaging the country.

Korea JoongAng: Moon reshuffles to concentrate on North, security

President Moon Jae-in replaced key members of his cabinet and aides at the Blue House. The reshuffle, particularly of key members handling foreign affairs and national security, is part of the Moon administration’s preparation to deal with the new U.S. administration, particularly on North Korea issues.

Foreign Policy: China Issues Sanctions on Long List of Trump Officials

Beijing announced sanctions on nearly every Trump administration official who worked on China policy. The announcement on the heels of Biden’s inauguration could be an attempt to gauge the new administration’s positions.

Nikkei Asia: Suga pursues Biden’s commitment on ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will urge President Joe Biden to keep the U.S. committed to a “free and open Indo-Pacific region,” seeking to curb China’s growing influence in the region and advance an international order based on the rule of law.

NK News – ‘The people are God’: See North Korea’s new propaganda slogans and posters

North Korea is rolling out a new series of propaganda slogans and posters urging citizens to rally around the Workers’ Party of Korea.

The Hindu: Indian military personnel for Moscow soon for S-400 training

As India prepares to receive the first batch of S-400 long-range air defense system by year-end, the first group of Indian military specialists are scheduled to depart for Moscow soon to undergo training courses on the S-400.