China Declares All-out Diplomatic War on Taiwan

With its June 13 coup de foudre in switching Panama’s diplomatic ties from Taiwan to Beijing, China has set Taiwan firmly on the course toward internationally isolated pariahdom, a sudden burst of diplomatic pressure that appears to have been generated by the ... Read More...
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China, Japan, Ratchet Up Tensions

The cat-and-mouse game being played between the Chinese and Japanese naval and aerial forces in the East China Sea is becoming less and less a game, and changing the dynamics of relations across the region. ... Read More...
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Malaysia Tries Appeasement With China

China is winning the battle over ownership of the South China Sea. Blatant aggression is succeeding here as surely as it did for Putin in Crimea – and with far less historical, ethnic or geographical justification. One obvious illustration is the impunity w... Read More...
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Oz’s Abbott Crosses Indonesia Again

Australian foreign policy is in disarray with Prime Minister Tony Abbott again having infuriated Indonesia. At the same time, some Australian business groups are seeking to set their own foreign agenda to manip... Read More...
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Obama’s Mission Impossible: Japan and the TPP

The success of President Obama’s swing through Japan on his Asia trip, he is supposed to have told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in The Hague recently, would be measured by whether it delivered a satisfactory conclusion to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negot... Read More...
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Maintaining America’s Roots in Asia-Pacific

On April 23, US President Barack Obama will begin his four-country tour through Asia-Pacific, starting in Japan before continuing on to South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The tour is designed to serve ... Read More...