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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.

Daily Digest

Asia Times: Storm of accountability gathers over Myanmar

Difficult decisions ahead for US-Myanmar relations.

The Diplomat: What’s Next for RCEP?

Difficult issues remain unresolved for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership free trade agreement.

Lawfare: In Pakistan’s Financial Crisis, an Opening for Chinese Lawfare

Implications behind Secretary of State Pompeo’s comments about an IMF bailout for Pakistan.

Lawfare – Offensive Cyber Operations and the Interagency Process: What’s at Stake With the New Trump Policy

A primer on “offensive cyber operations” and the implications for foreign relations.

Asia Times: Australia flexes bigger naval muscles at China

Is Australia choosing sides by increasing naval presence in the Indo-Pacific?

Asia Times: Russia expands assets and naval horizons across Indo-Pacific

Expecting increased China-Russia cooperation as Russia seeks to expand its naval presence in the Indo-Pacific.

The Diplomat: How China’s New Aircraft Carriers Will Shape Regional Order

China’s aircraft carrier as conspicuous consumption to bolster prestige.

The Diplomat: China’s Stake in the Myanmar Peace Process

China’s involvement in the Myanmar peace process is tied to its Belt and Road Initiative.

East Asia Foum: China’s response to Trump’s ‘trade war’

Why a US-China trade war will not solve the problem of trade imbalances in Asia.

The Diplomat: What Drives Indonesia’s Pacific Island Strategy?

Indonesia is working to improve relations with the Pacific Island states.