The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between India, the United States, Japan, and Australia (the Quad, sometimes referred to as the QSD) was created over a decade ago, but it has been given a new lease on life by more compelling strategic circumstances in the Indo-Pacific. Xi Jinping’s China actively challenges the existing order, while Donald Trump’s United States sends mixed signals on whether it even wants to maintain its de facto global leadership. More active participation by other major powers in Asia, joined with the United States, sounds like an uncontroversially good idea. But the debate about the revived Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad 2.0, has been centered on the negatives: the harm it could cause, rather than what it can really contribute. Those assumptions are based on perceptions (or more correctly, misperceptions), whereby the Quad is seen as too confrontational towards China, and challenging or sidelining the centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to discussions of security in the Indo-Pacific. These misperceptions have been so strong, that more ink has been spilled explaining what the Quad is not and what it does not intend, rather than on what it is and what objectives it has. Continue reading “HOW SOUTHEAST ASIANS REALLY PERCEIVE THE QUADRILATERAL SECURITY DIALOGUE”
US Defence Minister James Mattis urged Vietnam and the US to enhance cooperation in defence industry and consider signing suitable documents to create a foundation for the collaboration.
US Defence Minister James Mattis and Vietnamese Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich (Source: qdnd.vn)
He made the proposals at a meeting with Vietnamese Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich on the sidelines of the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 1.
The US is taking into account the transfer of jet trainers and other equipment to Vietnam, the US officer said.
He used the occasion to thank Vietnam for hosting aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the central city of Da Nang last March. Continue reading “US seeks further cooperation with Vietnam in defence industry”
KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Migrant workers from the Asia-Pacific region sent $256 billion home last year, but more needs to be done to cut costs and make money transfers easier, said a United Nations report on Monday.
Remittances, which have risen about 5 percent since 2008, helped about 320 million family members across the region last year, according to the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Continue reading “Migrant workers sent $256 billion home to Asia-Pacific last year: U.N.”
Beijing is determined to shape a global order in which its interests are respected because of its disproportionate power relative to its neighbours, says James R Keith.
WASHINGTON: The essential question of leadership in Asia comes into focus as we reflect on China’s ambitious aspirations enunciated at the 19th Communist Party Congress and on the heels of President Donald Trump’s long trek through Asia this month. Continue reading “Commentary: Leadership in Asia, competition for a liberal world order”
WASHINGTON — President Trump departs on his first trip to Asia on Friday weakened and scandal-scarred, ready to face off against newly empowered Chinese and Japanese leaders in a region increasingly determined to set its course without American direction.
The White House is framing the trip as a chance for Mr. Trump to showcase his budding personal relationships with President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan — a forceful world leader pressing his peers to negotiate fairer trade deals with the United States and to intensify the pressure on nuclear-armed North Korea.
US flexes naval muscle in Asia ahead of Trump’s visit
- US aircraft carriers send messages to adversaries, experts say
- Presence of three carriers in Asia-Pacific comes as President Trump prepares to visit region
Hong Kong (CNN)Two US Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have arrived in the Pacific in the past two days, putting three of the massive warships in the region as President Donald Trump prepares for a visit early next month.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — A surface action group of Navy destroyers has arrived in Hawaii ahead of a deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading “San Diego-based destroyers deploying to Asia-Pacific region”
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The skyline of Singapore’s financial district. (Photo: AFP/File/Roslan Rahman)
Globally, Singapore is ranked second behind Switzerland, also for the fourth year running. Among countries in the Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea are also ranked within top 30 worldwide.
The report, which was announced during GTCI’s regional launch at the INSEAD Asia campus in Singapore, focused on talent and technology, and it explored the effects of technological change on talent competitiveness and the future of work, it said.
The report also showed that high-ranking countries share key traits, including educational systems that meet the needs of the economy; employment policies that favour flexibility, mobility and entrepreneurship; and high connectedness of stakeholders in business, education and government as well as a high level of technological competence.
“This year’s GTCI report shows that countries in the Asia Pacific region demonstrate strong talent readiness for technology,” said INSEAD dean Ilian Mihov. “It also highlights the important role of education. Educational systems have to revamp to help learners foster learning agility and adjust on the fly (to) changing conditions.”
Su-Yen Wong, CEO of Human Capital Leadership Institute, added: “The recent report published by Singapore’s Committee on the Future Economy suggested that building strong digital capabilities is one of the key strategies that will propel Singapore’s growth for the next two decades.
“Digital technologies will help small and exposed economies like Singapore punch above their weight by creating means for their businesses and talent to reach out to the global market. Countries must continue to upskill their workforce so that they can adapt to the digitisation wave and the sweeping structural changes that are poised to shake up traditional work arrangements.”
France and Japan support a “free and open maritime order” in the Asia-Pacific region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after talks with French President Francois Hollande on Monday.
The message seemed aimed at China, which claims almost all the South China Sea and which has fueled concern in Japan and the West with its growing military presence in the waterway. Continue reading “France, Japan back free navigation in Asia-Pacific, Abe says”
The U.S. and its Asia-Pacific allies are rolling out their new stealth fighter jet, a cutting-edge plane that costs about $100 million each.
The U.S. Air Force this week hosted allies and partners in Hawaii for a symposium on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which can sneak undetected behind enemy radar.
Brig. Gen. Craig Wills, the strategic plans director at Pacific Air Forces, said the U.S. wanted to share its experiences with the F-35 and F-22, another stealth fighter, with allies and partners so they wouldn’t have to learn everything on their own. Continue reading “US, Asia-Pacific allies rolling out F-35 stealth fighter”
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More than 900 million people in 16 Asian Pacific countries are experiencing bribery and corruption, according to a report by Transparency International published Tuesday.
This report was released at a crucial time — when many governments in the Asia Pacific region are preparing their plans to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Continue reading “Bribery, corruption plague Asia Pacific region, survey shows”
Boeing announced Feb. 20, 2017, that it has contracted to build a satellite for two customers: SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Kacific Broadband Satellites. The new “702 satellite” will provide expanded coverage for mobile, telephone, data, and internet users across the Asia Pacific region.
“The scalable Boeing 702 satellite is a flight-proven design that we are evolving to meet the future needs of our customers,” said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International, in a press release. Continue reading “Boeing to build satellite to increase Asia Pacific connectivity”
The two countries are crucial US allies in Asia, and both face serious threats in their near abroad.
Discussing security threats, though, wasn’t the main goal of Mattis’s trip. He was there to assure both countries that the Trump administration will not abandon the US alliance structure in the Pacific. Continue reading “2 maps that explain US strategy in Asia-Pacific”