What would happen if U.S. forces in Asia gradually thinned out over the next decade, due to demands elsewhere or continued budget cuts that Congress hasn't repealed? The vacuum that plagues the Middle East and Eastern Europe would begin to emerge in Asia, too.
Accusations come almost daily. China is waging a mercantilist campaign against multinationals, from German auto titans to American technology firms to Japanese ball-bearing makers, for supposed monopoly abuses and other legal infractions. There is more going on, however, than the attack on foreign companies.
Currenly Asia appears peaceful in comparison to Ukraine and the Middle East. However, behind this facade of stability, China's assertive maritime behavior is reshaping power dynamics in the region.
Over the next decades, Japan will add to stability in Asia through a stronger economy, by working more closely with other Asian partners, and potentially helping take up any slack caused by a retrenchment of American forces due to shrinking defense budgets. All of this would be good for Asia.
One hundred years after the beginning of World War I, many Asians fear history is repeating itself. The source of concern is China's growing power and its demonstrated willingness to use that power coercively
The mid-2014 update of the China Global Investment Tracker sees the first decline in investment since the financial crisis. This is due primarily to a dearth of energy spending and could be reversed by a single large deal. But it is a useful reminder that China is not buying the world.
Put in the context of Japan's gradual security evolution over the past several decades, Shinzo Abe's push to revoke the country's ban on engaging in collective self-defense is neither a radical move nor one that threatens peace in Asia.
Indonesians on July 9 will vote in the third presidential election since the collapse of former President Suharto's regime in 1998. Their choice may determine whether Indonesia turns inward or continues to liberalize at home and abroad.
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