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  1. Australian accent on US role in Asia-Pacific

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Richard Halloran Within the Obama administration's plan to 'pivot' towards Asia and the Pacific is a shift in emphasis away from Japan and South Korea in northeast Asia ... of power.' It pointed particularly to the rise of China, India, and 'the continuing strategic engagement of the United States' in the Asia-Pacific region. Today, 'Australia ...

  2. Japan's security concerns are those of the Asia-Pacific

    Posted Jul 28th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... integrity of Japanese democracy is not just a source of pride for Japan, but a measure of comfort and security for Asia. Here's why: its neighbours will never forget the feral Japanese ... no matter how trying the situation. But for them, make no mistake about it: these are very trying times indeed. Tom Plate is a syndicated US columnist. Copyright: Pacific Perspectives Media Centre ...

  3. Piecing together the Pacific pivot

    Posted Jul 15th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent greg.torode@scmp.com The military elements underpinning the US tilt back towards the Asian region are fast moving into place. While the headlines surrounding the so-called pivot involve future big-ticket deployments-new US coastal fighting ships to Singapore, 60 per cent of all US naval assets in the Pacific by 2020 and the eventual posting ...

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    Heated rhetoric over disputed islands serves Asia poorly

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by SIMON TAY

    ... will be worse for it Losing argument Tensions in Northeast Asia are rising sharply. Small islets- most unable to support human habitation- are the friction points. These are long-standing disputes, ... of the end of the Pacific war, on which the perspectives of Japan and its neighbours differ sharply. This could calm. However, domestic politics are at play and, with each leader seeking to gain ...

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    Still searching for the Apec identity

    Posted Sep 14th 2012, 12:00am by THOM WOODROOFE

    ... billion to showcase his country's East Asian portal city, the legacy of this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum summit will be little more than its location. In recent ... together. This was followed in 2010 by the enlargement of the East Asia Summit to include both the US and Russia, immediately placing newfound demands on the White House to commit to two annual ...

  6. Expansion on cards for central asia bloc

    Posted May 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... as an observer and Turkey as a dialogue partner, comes amid a recent push by the United States to increase its influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The inclusion of the two nations and the effort ... to take priority over increased military ties as Nato prepared to exit Afghanistan. Central Asia expert Pan Zhiping, of Xinjiang University, said the vast differences among the countries ...

  7. Keeping the Pacific peace

    Posted Jul 08th 2006, 12:00am by David Fullbrook

    ... went surveying, American forces finished a training exercise from their base on Guam. It was their largest operation in the western Pacific since the Vietnam war. Exercise Valiant Shield ... disputes in East Asia flare up. Reality reasserted itself with the news that North Korea was readying the new Taepodong 2 missile for its first test flight. In the end, the missile flopped shortly ...

  8. Security forum asks how northeast Asia's powerful neighbours can avoid conflict

    Posted Jun 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum. In terms of defence issues, none of the existing bodies quickens pulses. 'China's huge and sudden rise necessitates the creation ... Chief Asia Correspondent Greg Torode in Kuala Lumpur The chairman of the meeting invites his audience- security officials, academics and analysts from around the region- behind ...

  9. China faces up to Asia's sea change

    Posted Jun 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... interlocutors make it clear that 2010 has made them all think not only about how to engage with China, but also to stand their ground. No longer is the rest of Asia simply sitting back and enjoying ... from Ukraine in 1998, will be in service, most likely from a South China Sea base and showing the flag into the Pacific and Indian oceans. It stands as a testament to China's rise ...

  10. Amnesty criticises Asia's worsening human rights record

    Posted May 28th 2010, 12:00am by Annemarie Evans

    ... of the world, Asia-Pacific is a gloomy story,' Catherine Baber, the deputy AsiaPacific director at Amnesty International, said in Hong Kong. 'There has been a crackdown across the region ... Annemarie Evans Asia's human rights record has worsened Amnesty International said in a report that paints a gloomy picture of the region where serial offenders such as North Korea ...




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