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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 http://www.eastwestcenter.org/apb.


New Publications

Domestic Forces behind Indonesia's Paradoxical Maritime Policy
by Benjamin Nathan
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 341 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, April 20, 2016)
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Benjamin Nathan, researcher at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "In the wake of recent events, Jokowi has had to weigh the benefits of appearing to be a dynamic leader against the risk of actually provoking a conflict over fishing rights."


Constants and Changes in Vietnam's Political Scene: What Will the New Term Bring?
by Huong Le Thu
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 340 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, April 13, 2016)
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Huong Le Thu, Researcher at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, explains that "Economic and social policies are of utmost priority [for Vietnam's new leadership] and with an increasingly informed, educated, and connected society, the expectations for delivery from the leadership will continue to rise." 


Can the US-ASEAN Connect Initiative Create Stronger US-ASEAN Economic Relations?
by Sanchita Basu Das
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 339 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, April 7, 2016)
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Sanchita Basu Das, Fellow and Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) at the ASEAN Studies Centre, explains that "While for ASEAN, [US-ASEAN Connect] will make the region more competitive compared to China and India, for the US, a strong and developed ASEAN can help to diversify US investment in Asia and can lessen the influence of an economically rising China."


US Economic Ties to ASEAN Demand a New Agility
by Shankaran Nambiar
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 338 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, April 5, 2016)
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Shankaran Nambiar, Senior Research Fellow at the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research, explains that "US-ASEAN economic relations will receive a huge boost if the US makes a more concerted effort to address issues such as the financing of large-scale developmental projects, be they to improve regional connectivity, build roads and dams, or enhance capabilities in cyber security and satellite technology."


Japan in Prime Minister Modi's Vision for India
by Titli Basu
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 337 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, March 30, 2016)
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Titli Basu, Researcher at the East Asia Centre of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, explains that "Modi's aim is to bolster India's emerging power status. For this, he is willing to boldly engage, but not align, with all regional actors including Japan to leverage partnerships without diluting the fundamental values of India's foreign policy."


North Korea's Audaciousness Changes the Status-Quo in Northeast Asia
by Eunjung Lim
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 336 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, March 8, 2016)
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Eunjung Lim, lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, explains that "it is noteworthy and encouraging that Washington and Beijing reached an agreement on a draft resolution that was unanimously adopted at the UN Security Council."


The U.S.-Malaysia Security Connection
by Marvin Ott and Derek Maseloff
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 335 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, February 24, 2016)
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Marvin Ott and Derek Maseloff, Senior Scholar and Research Assistant, respectively, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, explain that "There is little doubt that [Malaysian Prime Minister] Najib understands the implications of Chinese ambitions and methods. He also understands the critical importance of the U.S. as a counterweight to China."


Japan-Taiwan Relations in the New DPP Era
by Yasuhiro Matsuda
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 334 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, February 11, 2016)
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Yasuhiro Matsuda, Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo, explains that "It is quite natural for Tokyo and Taipei to strengthen their relations after Tsai Ing-wen's inauguration. However, Beijing is watching their relations closely and cautiously."


Obama Doubles-down on Maritime Capacity Building in Southeast Asia
by Lyle J. Morris
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 333 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, December 15, 2015)
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Lyle J. Morris, Project Associate at the RAND Corporation, explains that "By contributing to coast guard capacity building by donating ships and funding, the United States has found an important and politically viable avenue to bolster maritime security to partners and allies in the region."


ASEAN and Its SMEs -- A New Opportunity?
by Ganeshan Wignaraja
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 332 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, December 8, 2015)
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Ganeshan Wignaraja, Advisor in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department at the Asian Development Bank, explains that "In an era of moderating growth, ASEAN and its SMEs involved in supply chains represent an opportunity for investors and for sustaining growth."


The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) as a Foreign Policy Instrument in Southeast Asia
by Miha Hribernik
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 331 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, December 1, 2015)
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Miha Hribernik, Non-Resident WSD-Handa Fellow with Pacific Forum CSIS, explains that "As Japan's strategic competition with China intensifies, the Japanese Coast Guard is moving to the forefront of Tokyo's growing security cooperation with Southeast Asia."
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