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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

New Publications

India-Japan-U.S. Trilateral Dialogue Gains Additional Traction
by Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Sylvia Mishra
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 327 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, October 22, 2015)
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Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Sylvia Mishra, Senior and Junior Fellows at the Observer Research Foundation, respectively, explain that "The growing convergence of regional and global interests of the U.S., Japan, and India on issues such as Indian Ocean and the evolving Asian security order is clearly driving the trilateral dialogue."

Sino-Myanmar Relations in Myanmar's Election Year
by Yun Sun
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 326 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, October 15, 2015)
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Yun Sun, Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, explains that "While China is generally confident that no president of Myanmar will pursue a hostile policy toward China or completely ignore China's preferences, it also recognizes that his/her foreign policy will have major influence over China's interests."

President Park's Visits to Beijing and Washington and Implications  for Inter-Korean Relations
by Eunjung Lim
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 325 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, October 13, 2015)
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Eunjung Lim, lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, explains that "The appearance of President Park, democratically elected head of American ally South Korea, watching an extravagant Chinese military parade that gave the image of targeting the US was perplexing and even frustrating to many Americans."

AICHR in October 2015 - Change or Continuity in the Diplomatic Club?
by Naila Maier-Knapp
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 324 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, October 7, 2015)
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Naila Maier-Knapp, author of Southeast Asia and the European Union, explains that "because ASEAN governments have built trust towards the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights' opportunity to showcase their commitment to people-orientation, space for human rights discourse could increase in the years to come." 
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