Asia Unbound

Asia Unbound

CFR fellows and other experts assess the latest issues emerging in Asia today.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and his wife Akie Abe pose for a photograph before attending dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017. Carlos Barria/Reuters

Abe Returns to Mar-a-Lago

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will return to Florida tomorrow to meet with President Donald J. Trump. Much has changed since Abe’s first visit in February 2017, just a month into the new Trump administration. The Abe-Trump relationship has blossomed over the president’s first year in office, largely at the prompting of a growing showdown with North Korea. The sensitive task of how to manage Trump’s desire to renegotiate the terms of U.S.-Japan economic ties remains incomplete, however. Read More

April 9, 2018

Malaysia’s Upcoming General Election: What to Expect

Last week, Malaysian prime minister Najib tun Razak dissolved parliament and called a general election, which will now occur no more than sixty days after April 7, the day of dissolution. Najib and other leaders of the governing coalition, which has ruled Malaysia since independence, likely set this timetable in part so the election would be held while the longtime opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, remains in jail.

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April 6, 2018

South China Sea
How to Expose China's Actions in the South China Sea

The U.S. government is increasingly focused on the emerging competition between the United States and China. To date, U.S. policy has focused primarily on the military, economic, and diplomatic elements of the contest. Equally important, however, will be a fourth pillar in the realm of information, ideas, and ideology.

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April 4, 2018

Trump and Xi Agree: Short-Term Gain for Long-Term Pain

Perhaps President Trump will succeed in reducing the bilateral trade deficit with China simply by reducing bilateral trade.

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