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The Asia Pacific Bulletin, produced by the East-West Center in Washington, publishes summaries of Congressional Study Groups, conferences, seminars, and visitor roundtables, as well as short articles and opinion pieces. 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.

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Recent Submissions

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    Strengthening Japan-ROK relations : the prime time to rebuild relations through young parliamentary diplomacy
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-11-29) Futori, Hideshi ; Japanese House of Representatives ; East-West Center (Washington)
    Hideshi Futori, Member of the Japanese House of Representatives, explains the need for "a framework for cooperation to solve issues involving both Japan and South Korea as the turbulent international environment in East Asia continues," which includes "common military threats from China, North Korea, and Russia."
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    After hegemony : Japan’s role and dilemma in maintaining the rules-based order
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-11-22) Inagaki, Yu ; Sasakawa Peace Foundation ; East-West Center (Washington)
    Yu Inagaki, Research Assistant with the Japan-US Program at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, explains that Japan is playing a leading role in maintaining the liberal international order (LIO), but questions if it is possible for Japan to maintain the existing order in the face of declining US hegemony and rising challengers.
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    Ukraine will not happen in Asia : America seeks to check China through Taiwan visit and quad initiatives
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-08-23) Bana, Sarosh ; Business India (journal) ; East-West Center (Washington)
    Sarosh Bana, Executive Editor of Business India in Mumbai and former board member of the East-West Centre (EWC) Association—an organization representing the more than 65,000 individuals who have participated in East-West Center programs.
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    Will the partnership for global infrastructure and investment be a game-changer in the Indo-Pacific?
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-07-28) Gill, Don McLain ; East-West Center (Washington)
    Mr. Don McLain Gill, Philippines-based geopolitical analyst and author, explains that the G7 launched the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) at an opportune time as the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly derailed China’s Belt and Road Initiative’s (BRI) momentum and Beijing’s questionable lending practices have come under greater scrutiny.
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    India and the Indo-Pacific economic framework
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-07-21) Gupta, Surupa ; University of Mary Washington ; East-West Center (Washington)
    Surupa Gupta, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at University of Mary Washington, explains that "[e]ven though India has emerged as an active and engaged member of the Quad, its decision to join IPEF—a US-led framework for economic cooperation in the Indo Pacific—was not a foregone conclusion."
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    Scholarly ties, cooperative research, academic dialogue, and international student exchanges in US‒Taiwan relations
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-07-19) Nadeau, Randall L. ; Foundation for Scholarly Exchange ; East-West Center (Washington)
    Dr. Randall L. Nadeau, PhD, Executive Director of the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan), explains the importance of "strengthen[ing] educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Taiwan, especially in light of worsening relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China."
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    US-Taiwan relations and the national security vs. human rights fallacy
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-07-19) Schriver, Randall G. ; Whetsell, Jennifer K. Hong ; Project 2049 Institute ; East-West Center (Washington)
    The Honorable Randall G. Schriver, Chairman of the Board at the Project 2049 Institute and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Affairs, & Jennifer K. Hong Whetsell, Senior Director at the Project 2049 Institute, explain that "Taiwan, a leading democracy and one of the freest countries in the world, continues to combat coercive and annihilative threats from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), while not wavering on human rights."
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    US policy toward Taiwan should emphasize substance, not fanfare
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-07-19) Roy, Denny ; East-West Center
    Denny Roy, Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, explains that "[f]or US policymakers, a strategy of confronting Beijing with its worst fear, the “splitting” of “China,” in the hope this will cause China to permanently rule out the use of force against Taiwan, is problematic."
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    Taiwan and America : partners in the battle for the cognitive domain
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-07-19) Gershaneck, Kerry K. ; National Chengchi University ; East-West Center (Washington)
    Kerry K. Gershaneck, author of the book “Media Warfare: Taiwan’s Battle for the Cognitive Domain” and a visiting scholar at National Chengchi University in Taiwan, explains that "[m]edia warfare presents an existential threat to Taiwan. By employing media warfare to divide and demoralize the people of Taiwan, the CCP hopes to achieve its goal of annexing Taiwan without having to resort to open kinetic conflict."
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    Expanding the depth and breadth of the US-Taiwan technological partnership via the semiconductor ecosystem
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-07-19) Wylegala, Andrew ; AmCham Taiwan ; East-West Center (Washington)
    Andrew Wylegala, President of AmCham Taiwan and former US Senior Foreign Service Officer, explains that "increasing domestic chip production capacity should be accompanied by the recognition that the semiconductor industry functions most efficiently as a globalized industry."

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