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Clinton: “Renewed American leadership in Asia”

by Aaron Siirila
US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton called ASEAN a “fulcrum for the region’s emerging regional architecture” and declared US intentions to “sustain and strengthen America’s leadership in the Asia-Pacific region” in a speech co-hosted by the East-West Center on October...

Boom Times in U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations

by Satu Limaye
These are boom times in U.S.-Southeast Asia relations. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton represents the United States at the 17th ASEAN Summit this week in Hanoi – the highlight of which is to be U.S. participation, for the first time ever, in the East Asia Summit (EAS). Secretary...
In a new Asia Pacific Bulletin, Vannarith Chheang explains that the Asia Pacific region remains vulnerable to possible conflicts deriving mainly from historical antagonism, extremism, and unresolved sovereignty issues, although regional economic interdependence does help reduce the...

ASEAN Exports Grow but Face Challenges, says USITC

by Aaron Siirila
ASEAN’s manufacturing exports have grown in recent years, due to increased productivity, proximity to large Asian markets, and recently implemented free trade agreements, according to a US International Trade Commission report issued in August. But challenges remain for future growth,...
U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed leaders of the ASEAN countries to the first U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting to be held in the United States, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York City, on Friday, September 24.
The U.S. Trade Representative office, which leads the U.S. executive branch efforts to negotiate trade agreements and resolve disputes, has produced a series of briefings that show how trade benefits the United States and individual states.

ASEAN Secretariat Features Project

by Aaron Siirila
Calling the project, “simple, readable, yet impressive,” Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, launched the ASEAN Matters for America project with Dr Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington, on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta.