Northeast India: Where India’s ‘Act-East’ Meets Japan’s ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’

  India’s Republic Day celebrations, earlier in January this year, were attended by the heads of state of all 10 ASEAN nations in an unmistakable sign of the growing bonhomie between the two sides.   The ASEAN region has taken a place of pride in India’s Act-East Policy, which aims at New Delhi’s re-engagement with […]

Leaving Europe, UK is Now Bound for Asia

  When British Prime Minister Teresa May visited Japan last August, she and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera had an exchange about their countries’ “long history of cooperation in the defense and security sector.”   The Anglo-Japanese Alliance was established in 1902. Given Japan’s lack of ship building expertise at the time, it had many […]

Trump and Trade: Why Asia Has Much to Fear From US Protectionism

  A radical “America First” approach to trade is central to United States President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in Asia.   He speaks frequently of reaching “fair” trade arrangements, which benefit the US. In part, it was because of this and soon after Mr. Trump came to office that he blocked the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement involving Japan—much to […]