Asia has done a much better job of containing the pandemic. Do values have anything to do with it?
With a divided U.S., the way is clear for China to become the dominant power in Asia. But don’t sign up for a crash course in Mandarin quite yet.
The Obama administration’s military “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region is opening up a new Cold War and trampling over the region’s peoples.
The U.S. still has more than 100 military bases and installations across Japan, exacting a heavy toll on both the Japanese and U.S. people and increasing the dangers of war. In Korea, activists have engaged in hunger strikes and been jailed for opposing construction of the new Jeju naval base.
The Obama administration took office in 2009 determined to move beyond might-makes-right-makes-might unilateralism of the Bush years, and reassert America’s global influence as the most principled and powerful guarantor of rule-based multilateralism.