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America's "Rebalance"...Towards Southeast Asia


Last week, Barack Obama was re-elected to serve a second term as president of the United States. President Obama’s first trip abroad since his re-election will be to Southeast Asia from November 17-20 to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS), the regional grouping of 18 Asian-Pacific nations, including the United States, held in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Mr. Obama’s visit will make history as the first time a U.S. president has ever visited the country.

Underscoring the president’s attendance at the EAS will be his visits to Thailand and Burma (also known as Myanmar). President Obama’s trip to Thailand will commemorate 180 years of uninterrupted diplomatic ties, making it the oldest bilateral relationship the U.S. has with any Asian nation. Conversely, until recently, U.S. relations with Burma had been one of the prickliest of any country on earth. Despite criticism in human rights circles, President Obama’s trip to Yangon is meant to recognize and encourage the recent democratic reforms that have been taking place in that country after 50 years of harsh military rule.

In 2011, the Obama administration announced that the U.S. needed to make a “strategic pivot” (later rephrased as a “rebalancing”) in its foreign policy, where over the next decade the dynamic will be to downsize the U.S. presence in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and to invest more and pay greater attention to the Asia-Pacific, particularly Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia’s cumulative economic, political, and demographic weight is growing. With a combined population of more than half a billion people and a GDP of $2 trillion, these countries have embarked on a drive through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) toward effective regional integration and connectivity by 2015. In the coming decades, ASEAN nations and other Asian nations – particularly China – will change the shape of the global economy. Asia will not only be the world’s largest producer of goods and services, it will also be the world’s largest consumer of them. Further illustrating its increasing wealth, Asia will soon be home to the majority of the world’s middle class.

November 20, 2012 at 00:32

how ironic you should call me a troll when you have added absolutely nothing to the debate, please leave mr. mercenary troll lol

November 19, 2012 at 15:46

Then why are Chinese Nationalists getting so worked up over it.
They should accept that its just the norm and continue business as usual.

"Anything Goes" Trolls
November 19, 2012 at 15:08

"Jean-Paul" is no Frenchman'  Just a mercenary US troll using other nationalities' names as usual.  Disgusting, if I may say.  These USans have no sense of ethics and principles or morality.  Anything goes.

November 18, 2012 at 16:23

"Now doesn't that tell you something?"
It tells me that they are playing the same old game of playing off one power against the other to serve their own interests. That's what it tells me.

November 18, 2012 at 14:29

Just keep stealing ideas and technology and bribing your way across the globe

John Chan
November 18, 2012 at 13:35

You need to get out of that Cloud of Cuckoo Land and know your nation France, it is not a peaceful nation, history proves it; it is just like all other nations, nothing special, there are the good, the bad and the ugly everywhere.
This site is for people with different life experience to express their views on world events, they hope thru dialog misunderstanding can be cleared, and thru dialog it might one day lead to a better world. It is not a place for you to rant derogatorily regardless what happens to you personally. You need to leave your personal anger at door before joining debate here.
BTW, that video is a low grade anti-China amateur work; it includes a lot Vietnamese atrocities, particular the scene you mentioned “bodies desecrated.” It seems neither the author nor you can tell the difference between Vietnamese and Chinese.
Guillotine is a French invention, French loved to watch gruesome stuff, so please get off your high horse.

November 18, 2012 at 10:43

Bankotsu wrote: "That reminds me of the U.S and their endless wars around the war, torturing, killing and destroying. sign. For a warmongering country like the U.S to come and criticise China, I find it to be a complete farce.".
Now doesn't that tell you something?
That even though S.E.A. Nations know that about the USA, they would rather have their military in the region than Chinas.
Man, I learnt something from that. What the hell did China do to them in the past that they consider the US a better choice than China?

November 18, 2012 at 09:43

@John Chan and other chinese posters
You posted a documentary on paid government torturers and deranged soldiers, it is very sad of you to try and smear the peaceful French people by posting the torture methods of various secret agencies and war traumatized soldiers.
However if you want to see a real example of some sick chinese mentality then you only need to look at this documentary
This doc shows that it is not only the government paid enforcers and soldiers that are doing the killing in China…..the common citizens even watch on as people are brutally executed and their bodies desecrated. It seems like this is very common in China. So not only are the chinese a sick over polluted people, but it seems their pollution and corruption has infected their common citizens as well…….no wonder the whole world is trying to contain china, they know that china aspires to continue the legacy of imperial japan in asia.

Return Of US American Gunboat Diplomacy
November 17, 2012 at 16:50

Another "re-balance" by Obama?   Smells bad.  SE Asian countires lined up to become "S Vietnams".  How many more "Thieus' lined up to serve US's interest?  "Thieus" who will be "mandors" to the white colonial master, mustering and conscripting their countrymen to die for Washington in her continuous and unnecessary proxy wars against a non threatening China.  When will Washington cease her scheming and manipulation in using other countries and people as her pawns and sacrifical lambs?

November 17, 2012 at 14:15

"Such pathetic arrogance is the sign of a weak insecure bully who must dream up fantasies to make himself feel better about his polluted corrupt nation.."
That reminds me of the U.S and their endless wars around the war, torturing, killing and destroying. sign. For a warmongering country like the U.S to come and criticise China, I find it to be a complete farce.

November 17, 2012 at 11:48

'China is a marathon runner' – Great comment and observation.
'We will overcome'.

John Chan
November 17, 2012 at 04:30

Delusional and mindless nonsense about the Whiteman cruelty and barbarism?  Here is a documentary about what the Frenchmen are capable of, they are proud of it too.
You do not need to equivalent to anything, from the documentary you can see the Frenchmen are at the same level of the sick twisted mentality of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.
From you tirade and blinding racial hatred rant, it seems the documentary does not describe an odd case, but a reflection of general characteristic of a nation. No wonder neo-Fascism and skinhead punks are roaming in Europe.

November 17, 2012 at 00:40

@ Vic You are just another example of another delusional chinese blogger spreading mindless nonsense about returning to some former "glory days". A good equivalent of such a sick twisted mentality would be that of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. It's good that you are displaying such blatant arrogance and bigotry here however, so that people from other nations know not to trust the corrupt chinese mentality, as they have all become brainwashed warmongers calling for the destruction of japan and the west.
It is foolish to assume that other nations throughout asia will somehow accept Chinese dominance in the coming future and will simply bow down. Such pathetic arrogance is the sign of a weak insecure bully who must dream up fantasies to make himself feel better about his polluted corrupt nation.

November 16, 2012 at 16:58

I think it is better for Hillary to "re-balance" her mindset and that of the American government.  It is better and cheaper to re-balance one's attitude.  China is recovering from her centuries of backwardness which led to invasion and destruction of her homeland by outside forces.  America should not try to prevent China's recovery simply because it is no longer possible.  With military capability gaps closing ever so rapidly, the days of using Western armed forces to "re-balance" a situation not to the West's liking are long gone.  China is a marathon runner.  It is simply resuming the normal path.  One should ignore the fluctuations and notice that China is simply  "regressing to the mean", a path that is sustainable and inherent to her civilization values. 

November 16, 2012 at 12:02

China must also not slacken and start to "rebalance" to latin america too. lol
Wen Jiabao wants China-Latin America trade forum

November 16, 2012 at 10:16

How many jobs will be created in US for – 'pivot', 'rebalancing…', etc.
Dead beats include TTP, New Silk Road, etc.
Will Obama meet with Xi this Nov 18 on ASEAN? 

November 16, 2012 at 06:12

‘The Prince’ is followed in practicality!

November 16, 2012 at 06:01

All they want to still the China’s role here!

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