President Obama's Asia Tour
On his trip to Asia this week, President Obama has scheduled visits to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Read a brief overview of U.S. relations with each of these countries:
Obama's Asia Tour.
Kenneth B. Pyle on the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Kenneth B. Pyle, Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of Washington and Founding President of The National Bureau of Asian Research, is quoted in the April 21 Financial Times:
"There is fundamental change under way," says Kenneth Pyle, a Japan expert at the University of Washington. "And it is not driven just by the rise of China but also by the urge for greater autonomy and an end to the outright dependence on, and deference to, the U.S."
Under Mr. Abe, many of what Prof. Pyle calls the "self-binding policies" adopted by Japan after the war—no overseas military deployments or force projection, no arms exports, no sharing of defence-related technology—are being loosened. The prime minister has reversed a long decline in Japan’s defence budget and is working to change its security policy to allow so-called collective self-defence, meaning Japanese forces could fight on behalf of the U.S. and other allies in conflicts outside Japan. If his proposal is adopted, an alliance that has, in a sense, been an exchange of protection for territory—the U.S. agrees to defend Japan in return for well-placed Asian real estate for its bases—would become more like a mutual defence pact.
Read the Financial Times article: Asian Diplomacy: Pivotal Moment.
The 2014 Pacific Energy Summit, "Charting the Course to a Secure and Cleaner Energy Future," will take place on June 30-July 1 in Seoul. The Summit will provide a high-level assessment of the market trends, geopolitical developments, policy decisions, and technological innovations that will play a critical role in determining the energy and environmental outlook for the Asia-Pacific region. This is an invitation-only event.
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