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

Nikkei Asia – Japan-ASEAN to agree on ‘co-creation’ and digitalization at summit

Japanese and ASEAN leaders are likely to agree to pursue a world without nuclear weapons and deepen their cooperation on supply chains and digitalization at a summit later this month, according to a draft joint vision statement seen by Nikkei.

The Diplomat – Taiwan Strait Tensions: Don’t Blame the Victim

There is a common saying in Taiwan, “flog both sides 50 times.”

The Diplomat – Forecasting Democratic Futures in Asia and the Pacific

International IDEA’s latest Global State of Democracy report found something somewhat unexpected about democratic trends in Asia and the Pacific: the broad democratic decline of recent years across the region had mostly come to a halt.

Nikkei Asia – Attack on Pakistan highway to China shakes key Belt and Road link

A militant attack in the mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, near the Chinese border, has rekindled concerns over security on a highway considered crucial for developing the two countries’ economic relationship.

The Diplomat – What’s the Buzz at the India-Bangladesh Border Fence?

The Indian government plans to deploy bee warriors to check criminal activities along its border with Bangladesh.

The Diplomat – The Nuclear Shadows of the Russia-Ukraine War: A Chinese Perspective

China-U.S. relations are once again on an upward trajectory after the meeting between presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC summit.