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Asia-Pacific - A Strategic Assessment

Asia-Pacific - A Strategic Assessment

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This strategic assessment has highlighted the key
characteristics of Asia-Pacifc with respect to its eco-
nomic development, political institution, and security
situations. It should be painfully clear that the trends
are indeed mixed and complex. Indeed, while there

is great potential for Asia-Pacifc to become the true
powerhouse in the unfolding Pacifc Century, there
are also risks of confict in many respects, the most

destructive of which are arguably territorial disputes.
On top of the mixed currents, one can clearly see the
impact of the U.S.-China competition. For better or
worse, the U.S.-China power transition is complicat-

ing the Asia-Pacifc regional relations.
President Obama won his second term in offce.

Shortly after the general election, the President made
a 3-day trip to “three strategically important Southeast
Asian countries: old U.S. ally Thailand, new friend
Myanmar (Burma), and China ally Cambodia, in a
visit that underlines Washington’s expanding mili-
tary and economic interests in Asia under last year’s

so-called ‘pivot’ from conficts in the Middle East and

Afghanistan.”106

More precisely, President Obama was there to at-
tend the East Asia Summit. Although the visit was

overshadowed by the armed confict between Israel

and Palestine, the President’s message was clear: the
United States will continue its strategic shift toward
Asia-Pacifc. The White House briefng on the out-
comes of the summit puts it best:

President Obama attended the East Asia Summit
(EAS) on November 20 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as
part of the Administration’s continued focus on rebal-

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ancing its engagement in Asia to refect the economic

and strategic importance of this dynamic region. As

an Asia-Pacifc power the United States’ economic and

security future is inextricably linked to the region, and
President Obama used the summit to explore with
other Asia-Pacifc leaders ways to enhance coopera-
tion on the region’s most pressing challenges, includ-
ing energy, maritime security, non-proliferation, and
humanitarian assistance and disaster response. The
President made clear that full and active U.S. engage-
ment in the region’s multilateral architecture helps to
reinforce the system of rules, norms, and responsibili-
ties, including respect for universal human rights and
fundamental freedoms, that are essential to regional
peace, stability, and prosperity.107

The stage is set. All nations in the Asia-Pacifc

will take the U.S. initiatives into account and follow

their national interest to fnd exit strategies for those
diffcult dilemmas.

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