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 Policy – At Summit, India Plays BRICS to Its Interests

New Delhi makes a fairly safe gamble by supporting the group—without putting itself at odds with the West.

Nikkei Asia – Japan, U.S. and South Korea aim to hold trilateral summit next week

Japan, the U.S., and South Korea are discussing holding a trilateral summit next week on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, the first such meeting between the three countries in nearly five years.

South China Morning Post – Myanmar’s Suu Kyi ‘in strong spirits’ after being moved from solitary confinement to prison

Since being deposed in a coup last year, Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Naypyidaw, accompanied by staff and her dog, according to sources. The Nobel laureate left the premises to attend hearings for her numerous trials in a junta court that could see her handed a sentence of more than 150 years.


Asia Times – Kim’s psy-war coup spooks Seoul

A photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un directing a meeting of military officials is generating ripples across South Korea. The photo, published in North Korean state media on Wednesday, accompanied a story about Kim overseeing a meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party’s Central Military Commission. What raised hackles is that in the background could be seen a map – carefully blurred out – of South Korea’s east coast.

The Mainichi – Defense chief raps China, Russia warships’ “show of force” near Japan

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Wednesday criticized Chinese and Russian warships recently sailing near Japan for their “show of force,” warning against such actions as saber-rattling tactics against his nation.

NHK – ASEAN defense ministers express concern over US-China confrontation

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) defense ministers have expressed concern over an escalating confrontation between the United States and China involving the South China Sea.

The ministers called on all parties involved to cooperate constructively and peacefully, in a joint declaration released on Wednesday after their in-person meeting in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.