Saturday 24 Feb 2018 | 20:48 | SYDNEY
Saturday 24 Feb 2018 | 20:48 | SYDNEY

It's not the Asian century in Washington



28 July 2008 10:56

Michael Fullilove sent me a note last week saying he was sceptical about my argument that Obama's solo No.10 press conference was evidence of the Senator's arrogance. Today Michael directs me to this NY Times blog post that suggests Obama (and UK Prime Minister Brown) were following protocol by not holding a joint presser outside No.10.

Michael also disagreed with my reading of Obama's foreign policy speech, arguing that it should come as no surprise that Obama did not privilege Asia in his remarks, since he was about to set off on a trip to Europe and the Middle East. 

Notably, Senator McCain has visited many of the same countries recently. And as Daniel Korski argues on Global Dashboard, those itineraries are revealing in themselves, as they suggest a worldview similar to one a presidential candidate might have had in the early 90s. The heavy US military investment in the Middle East will inevitably force the candidates to focus their energies there. But it is within their power to move the conversation if they wish to. The fact that neither has visited our region suggests they are yet to be convinced that this will be the Asian century.

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