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The U.S.-Japan joint statement on China’s “destabilizing behavior” underlines the importance the Biden administration places on peace, stability, and the rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region.
China’s integration into the Western-built system of open global commerce was supposed to promote its liberalization. Instead the opposite has happened.
'Never before has North Korea been more troubling, its nuclear program seemingly more successful than anyone suspected, and the country well on the way, under the maverick young leader Kim Jong-un, to being able to deliver nuclear-loaded ballistics to US assets,' writes Kerry Brown.
Secretary of State Tillerson has already indicated that the State Department is considering dropping 'democracy' from its global mission. On Tuesday, he kept his word.
In a post-Brexit scenario, the EU strategy of prioritizing democracy-first, rule-of-law and human rights discourses with China may not be sustainable over economic pragmatism.
Rather than engaging in name games, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian states would be better off focusing on practical measures like building opposition to Chinese actions that violate international law.