The underlying beliefs that people in the United States and China hold toward each other in the security realm are likely to influence foreign policy.
Previous elections in Myanmar have drawn criticism, but the military-dominated Union Election Commission appears to be trying to ensure the upcoming elections are more transparent and better run.
Policymakers in the United States, China, and other Asian powers must choose whether to deal forthrightly awith the changing regional power distribution or avoid the hard decisions that China’s rise poses.
The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing enormous change, fueled by high levels of economic growth and deepening levels of integration.
China’s economy is in for a bumpy ride. But if Chinese leaders implement the right macroeconomic policies and structural reforms, the challenges should be manageable.
The historic political and economic transition under way in Myanmar is a strategic opportunity for the United States and Japan that requires closer alliance coordination.
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