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Comparative Connections, September 2013

Replenishment-at-Sea Operation in The Pacific Ocean, courtesy of US Navy /flickr
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A Replenishment-at-Sea Operation with the Military Sealift Command.

Our partners at the Pacific Forum recently published the latest issue of “Comparative Connections,” which is their electronic journal on East Asian bilateral relations. Given the perishable and worthy information contained in this issue, the focus of our dossier this week is on selected portions of its content. We will return to our scheduled coverage of Europe and Russia and its neighbors in the following weeks, but for now our attention is on the US’s pivot toward Asia, China’s growing willingness to flex its geopolitical muscles, and Australia’s attempts to navigate its way through an ‘Asian Century’.


US Rebalance Continues Despite Distractions

07 Oct 2013 / Article

The US’s pivot towards Asia has been buffeted about by the civil war in Syria, the Edward Snowden scandal and other developments. Not to worry, argue Ralph Cossa and Brad Glosserman. Not only is the realignment alive and kicking, it is starting to make its presence felt within the economic domain. More on «US Rebalance Continues Despite Distractions»


China’s Toughness on the South China Sea – Year II

08 Oct 2013 / Article

Is China advancing its territorial claims in the South China Sea with the same political, economic and military gusto that it did last year? Yes, say Robert Sutter and Chin-hao Huang, and the improved leverage it now enjoys over its opponents will only lead to a more aggressive approach in the future. More on «China’s Toughness on the South China Sea – Year II»


China-Russia Relations: Summer Heat and Sino-Russian Strategizing

09 Oct 2013 / Article

As illustrated by their recent military exercises and responses to the Edward Snowden affair, the Sino-Russian strategic partnership appears to be healthy and in sync. Yet, as Yu Bin reminds us, there have been notable differences in their muted responses to the Syrian crisis. More on «China-Russia Relations: Summer Heat and Sino-Russian Strategizing »


How Does China Solve a Problem like North Korea?

10 Oct 2013 / Article

When it comes to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, China, South Korea and the US are increasingly singing from the same sheet of music. Yet, as Scott Snyder observes, Beijing remains more confident that Pyongyang will respond to engagement and dialogue than its counterparts in Seoul and Washington. More on «How Does China Solve a Problem like North Korea? »


Australia-East Asia/US Relations: Election plus Marines, Joint Facilities and the Asian Century

11 Oct 2013 / Article

Australia has spent the past year redefining its defense and security policies, as well as setting out how it plans to manage its relations with the United States and Asia. Today, Graeme Dobell reviews what has been a momentous – and indeed tumultuous – 12 months in Canberra. More on «Australia-East Asia/US Relations: Election plus Marines, Joint Facilities and the Asian Century »


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