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Time for America to Play Offense in China’s Backyard

As the Biden administration begins its second year in office, it is evident that its focus on the Indo-Pacific and geopolitical competition against China remains uneven. There are two small but strategically important countries that have been all but ignored by the administration so far: ...

Derek Grossman

Indo-Pacific Virtual Conference on Strengthening Governance of Transboundary Rivers

Ambassador Michael George DeSombre’s Closing Remarks Indo-Pacific Virtual Conference on Strengthening Governance of Transboundary Rivers I would like to start by thanking Satu Limaye and the organizers at the East-West Center, Assistant Secretary Stillwell and my colleagues at the State Department, and of course you all – ...

U.S. Embassy Bangkok

Is the Indo-Pacific eclipsing Asia-Pacific?

Thailand and the smaller states in its neighbourhood will miss the Asia-Pacific era. It is not as if the Asia-Pacific has gone away or disappeared in any sense. But its role as a cradle of prosperity linking larger and small economies around the Pacific Rim ...

Thitinan Pongsudhirak

Japan vows quality infrastructure in Mekong region in push for Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday (Oct 9) pledged to promote quality infrastructure projects in five South-east Asian nations along the Mekong River, while their leaders said they supported Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy (FOIPS). “The Mekong region is a corridor that connects ...

Japan's Indo-Pacific push galvanizes Mekong region

Japan’s ambitious new foreign policy strategy aimed at “bridging” the Southeast Asian mainland and Indo-Pacific regions through aid, trade and infrastructure links has drawn a wary welcome from Mekong area countries concerned about growing rivalry between the major donor countries, China and Japan. Keep reading   ...

Gwen Robinson

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