Pivot to Asia Bad Optics
This visit won’t make the Obama Administration’s middling legacy in Asia look any better.
Pivot to Asia NYT Admits Obama’s Asia Policy Is No Success
It will be interesting to see how the intellectual and journalistic establishments process the gap between what Obama said he would accomplish and what actually happened on his watch.
Pivot to Asia Duterte Says He’s Sorry
Japanese influence may make the Filipino President (somewhat) manageable, and keep him from getting too close to Beijing.
Pivot to Asia SecDef Carter Talks Tough on China
The Secretary of Defense took a strong stand against China, warning that Beijing’s territorial ambitions risk provoking a U.S.-backed coalition of regional opponents.
Pivot to Asia China's Air Defense Zone Drives Wedge Between US, Japan
The US “pivot”, and Washington’s enduring commitment to stability and prosperity in Asia, is one of the most important geopolitical strategies of the Obama administration. It is a bipartisan goal, and whoever takes office after President Obama will likely support it. But in this sensitive time, as rising China tests the US and other Asian powers, Washington mustn’t give its Asian allies any reason to doubt that the US is anything short of fully committed to the region for the long term.
Pivot to Asia Mixed Messages From Washington Confuse Allies
Washington needs to get its ducks in a row. The different branches of the US government can’t be sending out mixed messages. Our allies in Asia are watching very closely to gauge the depth of the US commitment to stability in Asia. Diplomatic missteps, confusion, mixed messages, and incompetence will only further convince our allies that the US ship has sailed.