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ItemCalling Beijing out on Xinjiang abuses(Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2022-01-27)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.
ItemLearning from climate impacts on health and migration in the Marshall Islands(Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2022-01-20)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.
ItemChina looms large over US-Korea security cooperation in Southeast Asia(Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2022-01-06)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."
ItemSouth Korea and the US : collaborating to aid economic recovery in Southeast Asia(Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2022-01-06)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.”
ItemEngagement with China is not an end in itself(Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, 2021-12-21)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’