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Team Biden Should Start With An Asia Pivot 2.0

The recent meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue in Tokyo revealed many of the dilemmas the United States faces in its attempt to contain China—no matter who wins the race for the White House. On one level, it was remarkable that the meeting of foreign ministers from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States happened at all, given India’s traditional reluctance to antagonise China.

Read Here | Foreign Policyhttps://foreignpolicy.com/2020/10/19/biden-trump-china-india-asia-pivot/

North Korea’s Huge New Missile Sends A Message To Washington

North Korea unveiled a massive new intercontinental ballistic missile Saturday at a parade commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea, a signal to Washington that the regime is committed to advancing its long-range strike capabilities despite years of on-again, off-again diplomatic outreach with the United States.

Read Here | Foreign Policy

Asia Buckles Up Or Wild US Election Ride

With the most chaotic US election in memory four weeks out, it’s safe to say Asia is not sure what to expect. Neither do Americans, of course. Not with Covid-19-addled President Donald Trump ready to do seemingly anything to cling to the White House. Trump is not just cheating in plain sight, he’s telegraphing lawsuits and manoeuvres to come to try to invalidate the results of an election that polls show he’s losing. For Asia, three big questions are hanging over both the geopolitical and investment communities.

Read Here | Asia Times

What A Second Trump Term Would Mean For Asia

What would a second Trump term look like for America and East Asia? Second presidential terms usually range from lackluster to disastrous. Bill Clinton’s second term was mired in scandal. George W. Bush saw his popularity plunge into the thirties amid failure in Iraq and a financial crisis. Barack Obama oversaw prolonged economic stagnation that created an opening for Trump.

Read Here | The National Interest

Sri Lanka And Its Twentieth Amendment Bill

The relation between society and the authoritarian presidential state envisaged by the Twentieth Amendment will debilitate constitutional democracy in another highly significant way, and that is by destroying what little remains of the unstated rules of civility, restraint, proportion, tolerance, and accommodation in Sri Lankan political culture.

Read Here | Groundviews

Japan’s Geopolitical Balancing Act Just Got Harder

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe managed to strike a delicate diplomatic balance between China and the United States. But as Sino-American tensions escalate, his successor, Yoshihide Suga, will find it increasingly difficult to avoid taking sides, especially on technology issues and security arrangements.

Read Here | Project Syndicate

What To Expect From Japan’s New Leader

Suga Yoshihide, the chief cabinet secretary throughout Abe’s record-long term, does not have a flashy image, nor a celebrity profile. But he is known as a tenacious political fighter, seeking to reform the LDP from within and to force through incremental but profound changes to the major institutions that control Japan’s society. He has warned that the bureaucratic structure of the civil service is hampering the government’s response to COVID-19.

Read Here | The Diplomat

Yoshihide Suga, the low-key son of a farmer who will be named Japan’s next prime minister on Wednesday, is in many ways a policy clone of recently resigned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But that doesn’t mean Suga will bring anything like the same effort Abe did to bolstering Japan’s defense capabilities—a transition in Japanese politics both Beijing and Washington will be watching.

Read Here | Foreign Policy

Also Read | Japan’s New Prime Minister Is A Fixer, Not A Leader

Australia, China Trade War Ensures Mutual Destruction

China and Australia’s trade is interlinked in many areas but the largest value items are commodities Beijing arguably cannot readily source in sufficient supply elsewhere. This is often missed when Australia and China’s trade relationship is weighed against security ties with the US and a rapidly changing world order some view as a New Cold War.

Read Here | Asia Times

Why China Is Trying To Copy Japan’s Old Political Plan for Declaring Primacy In Asia

Asian history is now repeating itself. Like Japan, China is now another textbook example of power from wealth—and wealth from trade and commerce. For well over a century, China suffered under the West’s humiliation. Indeed, it suffered concurrent humiliations under Japanese aggression while fighting its own civil war.

Read Here | The National Interest

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