Topic: Asia regional security

Seizing the opportunity to improve US–China relations

East Asia Forum (December 17th, 2012)

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President Barack Obama struck just the right note at the East Asia Summit in Cambodia when he called for restraint and the reduction of tensions arising from territorial disputes over small islands and energy resources in the East and South China Seas.

Those disputes could escalate to a confrontation between Japan, Vietnam or the Philippines with China that might draw in the United States and potentially lead to a wider military conflict.

From Six Party Talks to a Regional Security Mechanism

PacNet: Pacific Forum CSIS (March 24, 2005)

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North Korea is a weak and isolated country, but it recently rebuffed demands by the United States, Russia, Japan, China, and South Korea to return to the Six Party Talks on eliminating its nuclear weapons program. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Il, says Pyongyang might participate in these negotiations “when conditions are suitable.” What’s going on?