Post Archive for November 2009
I spent some time over the past couple of weeks updating Asia Ruminations to make it possible for me to include a great deal more content, and a greater variety of content–such as audio and video files and PDF and PowerPoint attachments. It is now possible to email me directly from the site on the contact page, to view video and audio of media appearances on the press page, and to read through a selection of my publications and presentations, including transcripts of the “China and the Future of the World” conference I organized several years ago. Finally, I put together an assortment of links to blogs and web sites that I find interesting.
There are a couple new interviews posted from about a week and a half ago, both on President Obama’s Asia trip: one with Iceland’s national evening news and the other with an Icelandic radio show similar to NPR’s “All Things Considered.” See the press page to watch or listen.
I will post later this weekend on Manmohan Singh’s official state visit to Washington, and recent difficulties in the U.S.-India relationship. I’ll also include some personal reflections on the prime minister’s speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, which was my first time seeing the Indian PM in person.
China, Press, U.S. Policy »
Media: Icelandic National Broadcasting Service – Radio 1 “Spegillinn.”
Subjects: President Obama’s trip to Shanghai and Beijing, and the U.S.-China relationship.
China, U.S. Policy »
Obama’s Trip to China
A good reality check today from Steve Dunaway on the true balance of leverage between China and the United States.
The popular narrative in the United States is that President Obama has little leverage in Beijing to push President Hu in areas like its currency peg, Iran and North Korea, or even human rights. But the real story is more complicated, as always.
China, Press, U.S. Policy »
Media: Icelandic National Broadcasting Service – Evening News.
Subjects: President Obama’s trip to China, and the U.S.-China relationship.
Japan, U.S. Policy »
I was interviewed twice today on President Obama’s visit to Japan.
The first was for Colombia National Radio’s morning “Coffee and News” show. We spoke about the Okinawa base relocation issue, creating a more equal U.S.-Japan relationship, and Prime Minister Hatoyama’s idea for an East Asian Community. See more here.
The second was for Correio Braziliense, one of Brazil’s main politics-oriented newspapers. I’ll post a link when I have one.
Japan, Press, U.S. Policy »
Media: Colombia National Radio – “Coffee and News” Morning Show (Live).
Subjects: President Obama’s trip to Japan, focusing on the Okinawa base relocation issue, creating a more equal U.S.-Japan relationship, and Prime Minister Hatoyama’s idea for an East Asian Community.
U.S. Policy »
No small number of experts and non-experts are pointing out that the lack of an Obama trade policy is devastating our credibility in Asia–and that, niceties aside, Obama is bringing little to the table on his trip to Asia this week. But the story just got even worse.