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US foreign policy

US has no intention of trying to contain China

"There you go again" has become one of the most memorable lines in US presidential debate history. It was 1980, and Ronald Reagan used it famously to dismiss president Jimmy Carter's repeated misrepresentations of his plans for social security reform.

Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 2:35am 10 comments

Hillary Clinton uses Perth visit to urge Australian-Indian naval exercises

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged Australia yesterday to increase its military ties with India, including joint navy exercises, but added that Washington also supported the peaceful rise of China.

Clinton and US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Perth on the eve of a bilateral security summit with their Australian counterparts.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Indonesia is the sort of friend America needs

Within days, US President Barack Obama is set to visit Southeast Asia and this is a very good thing. The region is becoming more significant by the month.

I am slightly sad he will grace only three countries: Burma, Thailand and Cambodia. Taken together, the region's population comes in at about 600 million, half of which is Muslim.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Japan seeks firmer pact with the US to confront China

Japan's defence minister, Satoshi Morimoto, said yesterday he wanted to revise his nation's security alliance with the United States to place more emphasis on the threat from China to Japan's southeastern islands.

10 Nov 2012 - 2:36am

Obama's Myanmar trip 'no threat to Chinese interests'

A landmark trip by US President Barack Obama to Myanmar this month poses no threat to China's interests in the country, a senior Chinese official from a key border province said yesterday.

10 Nov 2012 - 1:01am

Obama's agenda abroad

US President Barack Obama's victory over Mitt Romney is a landmark moment in US politics. He is only the second Democratic president to win re-election since Franklin Roosevelt in 1936, doing so despite sluggish economic growth and comparatively high unemployment.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:56am 1 comment

Tough talk on China during US elections still mostly talk

It’s a familiar tableau in American presidential campaigns: the party out of power runs against China policy and promises a tough new approach; the administration in power does its best with an unsatisfactory relationship. Mitt Romney is no different.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:21am 1 comment

Obama, Romney trade blows in debate on how to deal with China

US President Barack Obama, speaking in the third and final presidential debate yesterday, described China as both an adversary and a potential partner as the candidates vowed to get tough on Beijing's trade policies.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Presidential debate breaks no new ground on relations with China

The third and last US presidential debate - on foreign affairs - would have disappointed anyone who still hoped that the contest for leadership of the world's most powerful country would be about more than domestic issues. President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney in particular seized opportunities to steer it on to the American economy.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:21am 1 comment

Obama calls the shots in war debate

US President Barack Obama came ready for a fighting finish, deriding Republican rival Mitt Romney as reckless and overmatched in world affairs. Instead, he found a subdued challenger who was eager to agree and determined to show he was not a warmonger.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am