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    Calling Beijing out on Xinjiang abuses
    (Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2022-01-27) East-West Center
    Beyond symbolic Olympics snub, China's market muscle brings ʻmassive challenges' to imposing effective sanctions, experts write. Quick Take:
    - Global recognition of China's human rights abuses is growing, but its economic, military and diplomatic strength blunts the impact of traditional commercial and diplomatic levers.
    - A recent East-West Center paper examines what kinds of economic diplomacy can be brought to bear to address this.
    Options ranging from targeted sanctions to industry-led initiatives and symbolic acts such as the Olympic diplomatic boycott can at least help somewhat to ensure that US and other consumers are not unwittingly supporting China's abuses.
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    Learning from climate impacts on health and migration in the Marshall Islands
    (Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2022-01-20) East-West Center
    An East-West Center paper cites conditions and responses in the Marshalls in considering potential Pacific-wide strategies. Quick take:
    - While extreme weather events and sea-level rise pose the most visible threats to low-lying Pacific atolls, climate change also affects overall public health.
    - Changing climate has resulted in direct, indirect and diffuse health impacts in the Marshall Islands.
    - Migration can be one result of the complex interaction between climate change, environmental degradation and changes in health.
    - The Marshall Islands' response to climate change may serve as a blueprint for other island nations.
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    China looms large over US-Korea security cooperation in Southeast Asia
    (Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2022-01-06) East-West Center
    Region hoping for multilateral engagement on key issues. Quick take:
    - Feeling squeezed between China and the US, Southeast Asian countries are hoping for more multilateral engagement on key regional issues
    - The US and South Korea could enhance their security collaboration in the region on a variety of issues, including illegal fishing in the South China Sea, water access along the Mekong river, and taking on the military junta in Myanmar.

    Part 2 of a 2-part series on US-South Korea cooperation in Southeast Asia. Read part 1: "South Korea and the US: Collaborating to Aid Economic Recovery in Southeast Asia."
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    South Korea and the US : collaborating to aid economic recovery in Southeast Asia
    (Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2022-01-06) East-West Center
    Quick take:
    - Global partnerships are critical to pandemic recovery efforts in economically hard-hit Southeast Asia
    - For the US, strategic partnership with South Korea is important for building trust in SE Asia, experts say, since Korea is viewed with less suspicion there
    - US-China competition and regional political dynamics are among challenges to enhancing economic stability in the region

    Part 1 of a 2-part series on US-South Korea cooperation in Southeast Asia. Read part 2: “China Looms Large Over US-Korea Security Cooperation in Southeast Asia.”
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    Engagement with China is not an end in itself
    (Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2021-12-21) East-West Center
    Former top US diplomat for Asia David Stilwell cautions against one-sided overtures to Beijing. Quick take:
    - With US-China relations at a 30-year low, the US must insist that China be a committed dialogue partner before launching a new engagement initiative.
    - Beijing will test America’s appetite for engagement to see what it can extract.
    - Ultimately, Beijing will only enter a useful dialogue when it determines that it is in its best interest.

    Part 2 of a series on the pros and cons of reengagement with China. Read part 1, ‘Situational Engagement’
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