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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.

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South China Morning Post – China just got closer to defeating hypersonic weapons with reusable tech

Chinese engineers say they’ve solved a big problem that could allow major advances in air defence. System is based on a drone that can fly at Mach 5.

Asia Times – Sanctions move China to replace chips supply chain

ASML CEO says what needs to be said about US pressure on the lithography front.

Reuters – Rights group says several Chinese ‘white paper’ protestors still in detention

Several demonstrators who were apprehended for publicly protesting China’s then-ongoing zero-COVID policy remain in detention, face charges or have not been heard from, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Thursday.

Reuters – Myanmar opium cultivation surging under military rule – UN report

Opium cultivation in military-ruled Myanmar jumped 33% last year, reversing a six-year downward trend in the strife-torn country, a United Nations report said on Thursday.

Asia Times – Australia wants smart sea mines to put China in check

Canberra hopes improved mine warfare capability will deter China where its fanciful nuclear submarine plan has not.

Asia Times – McCarthy’s House rule is a gift to China

New House Speaker threatening to drive US into default, a market-shaking scenario that would ultimately benefit Beijing.