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Asia Pacific Security

U.S. Air Force expands Asia Pacific presence

The United States has worked to enhance its military positioning in the Asia-Pacific as part of its strategic “pivot”. Last month, the Saipan Tribune wrote that the U.S. Air Force

Asia Pacific Security

Kaesong Industrial Complex key to Inter-Korea relations

On the 15th of August, talks between North and South Korea reached a deal to reopen Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), which has been closed since April this year. Operations will

Asia Pacific Economics

Japan’s Currency Devaluation Causes Concern

Japan has been in an economic funk since the 1990s. It was at that time that many speculated it would overtake the U.S. as the global economic superpower rather than

Asia Pacific Security

US-Philippines Military Cooperation Ensures Trade Stability

The United States and the Philippines began negotiations last Wednesday to increase the rotational US military presence in the country. These discussions hope to secure a “framework agreement” that would

Asia Pacific Economics

Japan and Vietnam strengthen ties

Following a shady past, involving Japanese imperialist expansion and controversial ties with the United States, it seems that Japan-Vietnam relations have experienced an observable improvement, especially within the past couple

Asia Pacific Economics

ASEAN Continues to Integrate – 3rd Parties Must Keep Up

As ASEAN continues its efforts at greater integration, various third party states and IGOs will be left behind if they fail to increase collaboration. When the French Foreign Minister delivered

Asia Pacific Security

Trade to Benefit from Japan-India Strategic Alliance

The trend towards a growing alliance between Japan and India has gained momentum for some time, due to ongoing developments in the region involving China. Much focus in the international

Asia Pacific Economics

IMF urges Japan to address debt and reform economy

Recently, there has even been hope that Japan might move away from its persistent deflation, yet the IMF continues to urge Tokyo to do more. The International Monetary Fund urged

Asia Pacific Politics

Party convention changes Indonesia’s Election

With the Indonesian presidential elections less than a year away, rumours surrounding prospective candidates have already begun. Of the three big parties – Partai Demokrat (PD), Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan

Asia Pacific Finance

China to Audit Local Governments and Reduce Financial Risk

On July 28th, China’s National Audit Office (NAO) announced that it will conduct a nationwide audit of government debt as Beijing tries to ascertain the financial risks to China’s continued