VP Biden Seeks New Diplomatic Breakthrough in Northeast Asia

Huffington Post (December 6, 2013)

Until Beijing recently declared an air-defense zone along its eastern coast, the United States chose largely to ignore the territorial dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Now that’s no longer possible and Vice President Joe Biden has been thrust to the center of this controversy. In a… Read more »

China and Syria

Huffington Post (September 11, 2013)

One of the most significant aspects of the case China makes against a military strike on Syria is its consistency with positions taken by leading American opponents of an attack. At his meeting last Friday with President Obama, President Xi Jinping maintained that a “political solution is the only right way out for the Syrian… Read more »

Japan’s Military Resurgence Would Harm US Interests in Asia

Huffington Post (August 1, 2013)

Following a major victory for his party in Japan’s legislative elections, most American pundits and the Obama administration would like Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to concentrate on fixing the economy and stay away from raising Tokyo’s military profile in Asia. But Abe seems bent on ignoring their advice and risks harming U.S. interests in the… Read more »

Welcoming China to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Huffington Post (July 9, 2013)

When senior officials from the United States and China meet this week in Washington for a new round of their Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the U.S. has an excellent opportunity to overcome a deeply divisive economic issue complicating relations with Beijing by welcoming China’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). At the time President Obama… Read more »

Will the NSA Revelations Harm US-China Relations?

Huffington Post (June 18, 2013)

The startling revelations about massive U.S. surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency emerged in early June just as President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were about to begin their informal summit meeting where cyberespionage was high on the agenda. While the Obama-Xi summit succeeded on several levels, the two leaders made no discernible progress on cyber… Read more »

The US Ignores Island Conflicts in Asia at its Peril

East Asia Forum (June 7, 2013)

For most Americans, conflicting claims by Asian countries to small islands in the South China and East China Seas are a sideshow that distract from more serious national security issues in Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea and elsewhere. But recent events demonstrate that the United States ignores these island disputes at its peril. On 9 May,… Read more »

Creating a New Model for U.S.-China Relations at the Obama-Xi Summit

Huffington Post (June 4, 2013)

This week’s summit meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama offers a historic opportunity to improve U.S.-China relations – but only if both sides frankly discuss the critical issues now dividing them and lay the basis for an ongoing process of mutual threat reduction. Fortunately, there is one major area where the two leaders… Read more »

American Diplomacy Rises Once Again in Northeast Asia

Huffington Post (April 30, 2013)

Thanks to sure-footed diplomacy by Secretary of State John Kerry, South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and Chinese leaders, the outrageous rhetorical threats of nuclear attack by North Korea have receded and, so far, Pyongyang has not carried out the two specific provocations it threatened – test launches of ballistic missiles and a fourth nuclear test…. Read more »

Cooperating With China to Contain North Korea

Huffington Post (April 7, 2012)

After nearly two months of outrageous North Korean threats and high tension on the Korean peninsula, the United States intends to rely much more heavily on China to achieve core American security goals in Northeast Asia — maintaining stability while containing the threats from Pyongyang. In the face of real uncertainty about North Korea’s intentions… Read more »

Seizing the Opportunity to Improve US-China Relations

Huffington Post (March 19, 2013)

In his second term, President Barack Obama has a historic opportunity to improve U.S. relations with China. Incoming President Xi Jinping will welcome American overtures and policies that assist China in addressing its serious domestic problems resulting from rapid economic development — among them environmental degradation, severe economic inequality and a weak social safety net…. Read more »