The ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus), which includes the ten ASEAN countries along with Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, and the United States, will meet this year in Bandar Seri Begawan on August 29.
Two weeks ago China and the US conducted their annual human rights dialogue amid what the US reaffirmed afterward has been a renewed crackdown on policy activists under the Xi administration, the latest victims being anti-corruption campaigner and legal scholar, Xu Zhiyong, detention of whom began two weeks before the dialogue, and his petitioning defender, journalist Chen Min, whose detention
Earlier this summer, President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech in Berlin to reinvigorate a nuclear arms control agenda that has languished since the ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in late 2010. If Obama puts his words into action, the next step will be a follow-on treaty between the United States and Russia.
Myanmar needs to honor its nonproliferation promises.
The Sino-Russian “Joint-Sea 2013” naval exercise was conducted by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and the Russian Pacific Fleet in the Sea of Japan from July 5-12.
“Japan is back!” Prime Minister Abe Shinzo confidently announced during his visit to the United States in February 2013. In a widely publicized speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Abe repeated his administration’s promises to revamp Japanese society and its standing among nations.
As China embarks on a renewed path of “peaceful development” with its goal of creating a “harmonious world” under its fifth generation leaders, observers are keen to see how the most important bilateral relationship of our time – the United States and China – will evolve.
Although there is currently no operational nuclear power plant in the ten countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), regional governments have begun investing seriously in such programs.
The shirtsleeves summit between Presidents Obama and Xi at Sunnylands, California earlier this summer, important as it was, was no milestone in United States-China relations. But the meeting inadvertently confirmed the balance of relations in the Asia-Pacific region: US-China and US-Asia relations are better than China-Asia or intra-Asia relations.
The competing maritime claims and confrontations that currently define the Asia-Pacific may represent the future of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The rising prosperity of the Asia-Pacific will mean that the IOR becomes an ever-greater conduit for commercial and energy trading. As the IOR becomes more vital, nations will compete for greater influence throughout the Indian Ocean.