When the TPP and One Belt, One Road meet

Then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton meets with then-Chinese vice president Xi Jinping at the State Department in Washington, 14 February 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Patrick Mendis, Harvard University and Dániel Balázs, Tongji University

After years of talks, negotiators concluded an agreement on the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in October 2015. Since China is excluded from the TPP, one would expect antagonism rather than symbiosis between the Washington-advocated trade package and Beijing’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) strategy. Read more…

Could domestic politics shake the US–Japan alliance?

US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Nuclear Security Summit. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Pandu Utama Manggala, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Signed in 1951, the US–Japan Security Treaty and the alliance it established have endured for over six decades and continue to play an instrumental role in shaping the regional security order. But with Republican presidential nominee frontrunner Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ isolationist foreign policy views gaining traction in the United States, concerns are mounting over the future of the alliance.

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Trouble at sea for the US and its Asian allies

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd during a campaign stop at the First Niagara Center, in Buffalo, USA, April 18, 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: James Curran, University of Sydney

In the capitals of America’s Asian allies, two phenomena are combining to intensify already uneasy relations with Washington. The first is China’s continued assertiveness in the South China Sea. Beijing’s militarisation of these contested territories Read more…

What might a new Asian order look like?

US President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other world leaders pose for a photograph at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington, DC, United States, 1 April 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Robert A. Manning, Atlantic Council, and Jim Przystup, National Defense University

In numerous essays, Hugh White has argued that the US-led Asia Pacific order, which he rightly views as a source of peace and growing prosperity over the past seventy years, is increasingly outmoded. Read more…

ASEAN integration can keep region above US–China fray

US President Barack Obama greets Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the meeting with ASEAN leaders at the Annenberg Retreat, Sunnylands, California, in February 2016. ASEAN nations can profit from separate US and Chinese efforts to ‘win friends and influence people. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Wing Thye Woo, Jeffrey Cheah Institute, University of California, Davis, and Fudan University.

Many features of the US–Soviet cold war are present in contemporary US–China relations: ideological competition, struggles over the control of natural resources, and old-fashioned rivalry for leadership of the global community. Read more…

Can Asia break free of great-power dynamics?

Conflicting assumptions: Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama at the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping during the UN General Assembly in September 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Hugh White, ANU

Asia’s recent decades of economic growth have depended, among other things, on a remarkable period of regional peace and stability. The region will only keep growing if that can be sustained. We cannot take this for granted. Read more…

TPP keeps the internet’s rules liberal

Delegates from the 12 countries attend a joint press conference in Atlanta, USA on 5 October 2015 after reaching an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Claude Barfield, American Enterprise Institute

There has been a good deal of hype touting the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as the first ‘21st century’ trade pact. Whether it lives up to this high accolade is currently under debate, both in the United States and among the 11 other TPP member states that still need to pass the agreement through their national legislatures. But in one area — e-commerce — there is no doubt that the negotiators did agree to provisions that strongly advance liberalisation of internet trade flows and enhance commerce and investment through the medium of cyberspace. Read more…