Obama 2.0 Confronts Asia (Page 2 of 5)

Given the complex technical, economic, and divisive political issues this endeavor would entail, the October 2013 timetable for signing a TPP agreement appears overly optimistic. But the rival Beijing-backed projects must also overcome major differences among their proposed members in terms of their resources, competitive advantages, and stages of development. A more serious problem is that, though the TPP initiative has come to symbolize renewed U.S. economic leadership in East Asia, its economic impact will remain modest unless Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and other strong economies besides the United States join it.

Furthermore, ASEAN remains a relatively weak institution. Unless a strong country occupies the annually rotating chairmanship, the association will not be able to accomplish much. This problem was particularly evident last year under the Cambodian chairmanship, which was marked by ineffectual leadership and Beijing-tilting policies that prevented the association from adopting a strong stand on maritime sovereignty issues. For now, if the United States wants to promote any major initiatives in the region, it must do so primarily through its bilateral alliances and partnerships, or through less formal multilateral coalitions of the willing, rather than through ASEAN.

Fortunately, after years of strain, relations with formal U.S. military allies in the Pacific have improved during the Obama administration’s first term. President Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard renewed the U.S.-Australian alliance in November 2011, when they announced an agreement to place 250 U.S. Marines in Darwin, marking the first stage of a rotation plan that will see as many as 2,500 U.S. Marines rotate through northern Australia as well as other augmentations to the U.S. military presence in Australia.

By the end of the first Obama administration, the bilateral security relationship with Japan had rebounded from earlier tensions over local opposition to the Futenma Marine Air Station in Okinawa, and the new Japanese government’s desire to pursue a more balanced policy between Washington and Beijing. The United States has also stood in solid opposition to North Korea’s missile launches and China’s maritime assertiveness.

The Obama administration’s strong support for the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the face of the 2010 provocations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)–the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan and its shelling of Yeonpyeong Island—made the United States popular in South Korea, particularly compared to China, which refused to condemn Pyongyang for its actions. Meanwhile, outgoing ROK President Lee Myung-bak has stood behind the U.S. demand that the DPRK end its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development programs.

The Philippines has welcomed the Obama administration’s strong interest in Southeast Asia and ASEAN, of which the Philippines is a leading member. The administration has strengthened the U.S.-Philippine security alliance by enhancing security and stability in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), modernizing the Armed Forces of the Philippines, supporting the peace process in Muslim areas of Mindanao, and promoting broad-based economic growth and democratic development in the Philippines.

Finally, on November 15, 2012, U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta signed a joint vision statement with Thailand’s Defense Minister, renewing the Thai-U.S. military alliance. Panetta emphasized the U.S. willingness to help develop and modernize Thailand’s military.  

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a_canadian_observer
February 27, 2013 at 02:01

Actually I thnk these are some well known chinese products:

1. Tiananmen square massacre,

2. Physical and culture genocide in Tibet and Xinjiang,

3. Melanine-mixed milk for children,

4. Fake rice, fake eggs, gutter-recycled cooking oil,

5. Scheduled killing of prisoners to sale their organs

Just to name a few.

Kim's Uncle
February 26, 2013 at 02:51

@ red chinese dudes,

Go to any bookstores in the Western world or modern Asia and peruse the business shelf, and there you will find no books regarding Chinese companies or Chinese CEOs EVER!!!  That's the impact and influence of Chinese capitalism in the Western world!!  Additionally, go to any US business schools and there you will find not one Chinese company cited as a case model to study!  That's just the truth.  Mature economies do not rely on sub-contracting work by importing components from advanced countries to assemble products for re-export!  That is China.  I just wanted to educate you on your real China!  Like I said before, a developing country can grow tremendously from starting from rock bottom.  But that does not mean it can continue to grow once it achieve a certain level.  Western mature economy grow by creating and inventing things.  It also grow by productivity by improving and innovating processes.  That's not the case in China.  All those companies from China you listed are a joke in the West!       

Bankotsu
February 25, 2013 at 14:08

"No Henry Ford, William buffet, bill gates, Larry Ellison, Steve jobs, jeff bezos, etc.??? Just one? How feeble of China!"

But what is the use of these things if the economy is in decline?

Cyrus
February 25, 2013 at 06:29

Really? Hundred of Thousands with drones? where did you get that? Oh, btw I believe more has died in the hands of the Chinese Empire from Qin to the present CCP.

Cyrus
February 25, 2013 at 04:03

Yes to be fair those are well known brands.

Kim's Uncle
February 24, 2013 at 10:15

@ red Chinese dudes, still can’t name one Chinese entrepreneur/business tycoon that has created a business from scratch and built into an empire that is highly respected by the world’s consuming audience? No Henry Ford, William buffet, bill gates, Larry Ellison, Steve jobs, jeff bezos, etc.??? Just one? How feeble of China !

Dean
February 24, 2013 at 03:47

By stealing their IPs or forcing their technological transfers, by pursuing a self-interest  mercantilist economic policy: currency manipulation, export subsidy for unfair access to foreign markets, protectionist high tariffs for blocking  foreign exports into chinese market,  suppressing domestic consumption, & business discrimination in favor of chinese local companies, etc. This is what you called ' the art of business'? Shame on you, vic. The world calls it ' the art of big swindle of the global con, China'!

John Chan
February 24, 2013 at 02:31

@Kim,

Whenever you are provided with answers; you and the anti-China clique simply dismissed the answers offhand and used the opportunity to bash China more. You are not here to debate, but to discharge your hatred against China for whatever your personal reasons. Unless you can rein in your emotion and behave, you will be not be taken seriously.

John Chan
February 24, 2013 at 02:19

@Observer,

Coke = vanguard of American imperialism that uses thugs to bust unions fighting for reasonable salary.

Being = death merchant, part of the American MIC that makes profits on the misery of humanity.

Google = peeking Tom and CIA henchman that destroy privacy of human rights and liberty.

Exxon = environment destroyer

HP = dying dinosaur

Nike = label only, living on the blood and sweat of developing nations

Intel = a passé technology mammoth drowning in the sea of mobile technologies.

Bottom line = past glory cannot guarantee future success. Band name is a good will and a virtue reality, living in virtue reality is delusion.

coffeechamp
February 24, 2013 at 00:13

China will self-destruct soon because socio-economic disparity thanks to a fake communist regime hell bent on corruption. War is their only way to keep the country united. As for the US, stop outsourcing to china. Seriously, the quality sucks. Bring back at least 50% of manufacturing to home soil and outsource the rest to your allies.

ashleyhk
February 23, 2013 at 23:39

Jack Ma??

Great guy and awesome company

 

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