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Asia Pacific Bulletin

The Asia Pacific Bulletin (APB) is produced by the East-West Center in Washington. APB summaries are always two pages or less, designed for the busy professional or policymaker to capture the essence of dialogue and debate on issues of concern in US-Asia relations. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the East-West Center. For more information on the series, including submission guidelines, visit

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Realist Indonesia's Drift Away from ASEAN
by Vibhanshu Shekhar
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 323 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, September 30, 2015)
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Vibhanshu Shekhar, Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "The Indonesian leadership views ASEAN as too small, weak, and disunited to adequately represent the country's national interests in the Indo-Pacific region…[leading] to an increasingly marginal position of ASEAN in Jakarta's regional diplomacy."

China's Non-Military Maritime Assets as a Force Multiplier for Security
by Justin Chock
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 322 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, September 22, 2015)
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Justin Chock, a Summer 2015 researcher at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "[China's] growing civilian merchant marine and fishing fleets are more likely to be deployed before military units since they greatly enhance surveillance, logistics, and even physical defense capabilities with less risk of conflict escalation. As a result, these non-military maritime fleets deserve greater attention within the study of China's maritime capacities and interests."

Building Japan-ROK Relations through East Asian Maritime Security
by Amanda Conklin, Sora Chung, Grace Kim, and Nicole Goertzen-Tang
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 321 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, September 15, 2015)
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Amanda Conklin, Sora Chung, Grace Kim, and Nicole Goertzen-Tang, recent graduates from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, explain that "Maritime hotspots in the South China Sea have created an opportunity for Japan and South Korea to work together with the U.S. to establish a more stable region."

A Long Way from Sharing a Mountain: Japan-China Relations and the Creation of the AIIB
by Aki Sakabe-Mori
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 320 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, September 9, 2015)
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Dr. Aki Sakabe-Mori, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, explains that "Without progress on overall political relations, the political conditions do not exist that would enable the Abe administration to make the decision to join the AIIB as a founding member."
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