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Archive for the tag “East Asia”

China Isn’t Rising—It’s Merely Outlasting Other Nations

East Asia has usually been unipolar, and often hegemonic. Today the region has returned to unipolarity so quickly that almost nobody has noticed. Whether China can again become a hegemon, however, is far less certain.

Read Here – The National Interest

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The Fukuyama Interview

…On the rise of China, tensions in East Asia and the United States…

Read Here – The Diplomat

China’s Rising Military: Now For The Hard Part

China isn’t an enemy of the U.S. But coercive diplomacy with China today is arguably more complicated than it was with the Soviet Union in the Cold War, at least after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Lee Kuan Yew’s Interview To Foreign Affairs

“One of the asymmetries of history,” wrote Henry Kissinger of Singapore’s patriarch Lee Kuan Yew, “is the lack of correspondence between the abilities of some leaders and the power of their countries.” Kissinger’s one time boss, Richard Nixon, was even more flattering. He speculated that, had Lee lived in another time and another place, he might have “attained the world stature of a Churchill, a Disraeli, or a Gladstone.”

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Noodling In China

Those in New Delhi who worried that Prime Minister Narendra Modi might be provoking China by drawing too close to US President Barack Obama last month have reasons to be reassured this week as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concludes a very successful visit to Beijing. On her first trip to Beijing as India’s top diplomat, Swaraj signalled India’s determination to intensify the engagement with China on a pragmatic basis, writes C. Raja Mohan

Read Here – Indian Express

Testing Times

The presence of Chinese naval platforms in Sri Lanka, and India’s discomfiture at this development, is part of the complex signalling that is underway, and the East Asia Summit deliberations in Myanmar may test PM Narendra Modi’s summit-level politico-diplomatic acumen in an unexpected manner.

Read Here – Daily Mail

Easterly Tesnions

Both China and Japan are trying to centralize security decision-making. Could this help avoid a clash?

Read Here – The Diplomat

Women’s Rights: Slight Shift To Positive

The World Bank’s survey of Women, Business and the Law reports that almost 90 percent of the world’s countries still have at least one legal difference restricting women’s opportunities in 2014.

Read Here – Businessweek

India’s (Bad) Moment

INDIA will soon have a fifth of the world’s working-age population. But many are worried that it is squandering its opportunity. During the boom of the 1990s and 2000s it became fashionable to talk of India’s demographic dividend – evoking the experiences of East Asia. There, working-age populations rose at the same time as the ratio of dependents to workers fell. An associated rise in the rate of saving allowed more investment, helping the vast expansion of manufacturing that employed those workers and lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. India’s fertility rate dropped substantially in the 1980s and 1990s, and its working age population is expected to expand by 125m over the next decade. But now India’s GDP growth rate has fallen to half of its peak rate. The country’s record on job creation has been poor, households are redirecting their savings out of the financial system into physical assets, and manufacturers remain wary of labour rules and infrastructure bottlenecks, says The Economist.

 

Northeast Asia’s Free Trade Dream

Amid a storm of bluster and posturing in East Asia, there has been scarce analysis on recent attempts at regional integration. Despite this, the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula have actually served to temporarily move the microscope away from maritime security issues and territorial disputes in favor of punditry over Pyongyang’s nuclear wish list. This has subsequently provided diplomats in region, especially those in Beijing and Tokyo, with the necessary breathing room to soften the tone of their vitriolic exchanges of the past year.

Read Here – The Diplomat

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