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Obama's 'Asia pivot', 6-hour Burma layover, causes heartburn in Beijing

Obama's 'Asia pivot', 6-hour Burma layover, causes heartburn in Beijing

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The historic visit of  U.S. President Barack Obama  to Burma, the highest profile American diplomatic contact ever to this long isolated political pariah state, saw the United States enter a high stakes geopolitical chess game in Southeast Asia. Thus amid the shimmering golden temples and pagodas of Rangoon, […]

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When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve them. The fact that at least three of the leaders at this year’s ASEAN summit won’t be around […]

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Speakers list at UN for a world in tumult: Obama, Hollande, Ahmadinijad, Chavez, Mugabe

Speakers list at UN for a world in tumult: Obama, Hollande, Ahmadinijad, Chavez, Mugabe

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly has opened amid global storm clouds and economic gloom. Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Potentates gather in New York for the 67th annual session to the backdrop of  spreading violence in the Middle East, a looming nuclear weapons program in Iran, a humanitarian crisis […]

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The Burma Road back to normalcy is long and uncertain

The Burma Road back to normalcy is long and uncertain

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is on the road to Burma to  witness a “critical moment” in the isolated Southeast Asian state’s slow but sure transition to a more open political system which may bring democracy, or could legitimize the long-ruling military regime.  Recently, British Prime Minister David Cameron […]

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Beijing uneasy about Burma's drift toward West, plans 'dollar diplomacy' initiative

Beijing uneasy about Burma's drift toward West,  plans 'dollar diplomacy' initiative

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese Communist Party leadership is set to use dollar diplomacy to prevent the Yangon (Rangoon) regime from falling into the embrace of the United States. Beijing’s uneasiness toward the liberalization policies of Burma’s President Thein Sein has been reflected in its low-key reaction to the landslide victory that Aung San […]

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Sapped by its major ally China, Burma reaches out to the West and Japan

Sapped by its major ally China, Burma reaches out to the West and Japan

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a world beset by war, ethnic conflict and humanitarian disasters, Burma seems one of those rare places where diplomats can say they are making a positive difference. Maybe that’s precisely because this Southeast Asian land, was until recently a pariah state, suffering from the  self- inflicted wounds […]

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Emerging U.S. strategy builds a geopolitical economy along Chinas periphery

By Brian M Downing One can scarcely read anything on world affairs these days without seeing discussion of the decline of the U.S. and the rise of China. In recent weeks, however, President Obama spoke plainly, bluntly, and even disparagingly to China. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Obama chided China, urging it to put […]

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Vaclav Havel: The passing of a Renaissance man

Vaclav Havel: The passing of a Renaissance man

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Author, Playwright, and former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel has died at age 75. Havel, as literary figure and a political dissident, confronted the tyranny of the former Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and oversaw the country’s peaceful transition to democracy and a free market economy. Havel was a […]

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New Burma Road: Watch for the geopolitical landmines

New Burma Road: Watch for the geopolitical landmines

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With the historic visit of  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Burma, the highest profile American diplomatic contact in fifty years, the United States has entered a high stakes geopolitical chess game in Southeast Asia. Burma, a political pariah state has long been courted by China, coveted by […]