9:01 AM, Dec 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The press covering Joe Biden's trip Asia caught an unusually frank comment from the vice president. Biden, speaking about himself, reportedly said that his "profound insights on policy are vastly exaggerated, but we do have profound respect for the people of South Korea."
Biden also insisted that America does what it says it's going to do -- always. "I want to make one thing absolutely clear: President Obama's decision to rebalance to the Pacific basin is not in question. The United States never says anything it does not do," said Biden.
"Let me say that again: The United States never says anything it does not do. ... [It's] never been a good bet to bet against America. … and America will continue to place its bet on South Korea."
More from Biden's visit to the South Korean president:
At 11:38 a.m VP Biden arrived at the Blue House, where he was greeted by President Park in the grand entry foyer, carpeted in red. They exchanged warm greetings and the Park led vpotus to sign a guest book at a small desk. Vpotus spent several minutes composing the message, which your pool was unable to read. Then the pool was led into a conference room and several minutes later the US and Korean delegations entered. Biden and Park shook hands at the head of the table and then the two sides sat facing one another on opposite sides of the long table with the primary leaders in the middle.
Park, the only woman to be at a negotiating table across from the Americans in three counties on this trip, spoke first.
She said the Koreans were happy to have Biden there because of his "profound insights" regarding foreign policy. "The Korea-US alliance is the linchpin to stability and security not just on the Korean peninsula but in northeast Asia."
It's not clear whether the issues of Syria and Iran came up on the meeting between Vice President Biden and President Park.
11:55 AM, Dec 3, 2013 • By GARY SCHMITT
Absolute coherence when it comes foreign policy is a rare thing. International relations will forever be a mix of principles, interests, circumstances, and necessities. But recognition of that fact doesn’t mean one has to jump to the opposite conclusion that foreign policy is simply a grab bag of decisions, lacking any coherence whatsoever. But, more and more, this appears to be the case when it comes to the Obama administration’s so-called “pivot” to Asia.
1:00 PM, Sep 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama will be traveling to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines, at the beginning of next, the White House announced today.
3:01 PM, Jul 1, 2013 • By REUBEN F. JOHNSON
On the first weekend in June and for the twelfth year in a row, senior foreign policy makers, military officials, politicians, and defense industry representatives flocked to an exclusive hotel resort in this Southeast Asian city-state for the Shangri-La Dialogue Asian Security Summit. The event now draws a Who’s Who of global military power personalities: Asian, European and U.S. defense ministers; regional military commanders, including a high-level delegation of strategists from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) military.
9:29 AM, Jun 25, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
While Daniel P. Schrag, White House climate adviser, tells the New York Times that "a war on coal is exactly what's needed," so far the Obama administration has been a boon for U.S. coal exports.
12:34 PM, Apr 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry told the press in Beijing that he discussed with Chinese government officials investing in America's infrastructure. Kerry called the security concerns "very, very few; very, very little."
10:29 AM, Apr 12, 2013 • By VANCE SERCHUK
John Kerry’s first visit as secretary of state to Asia this week will be rightly dominated by the heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, where Kim Jong-un’s regime continues to generate headlines around the world with its bluster and brinksmanship.
Asia’s divided democracies.Jan 21, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 18 • By JOSEPH A. BOSCO
Asia’s democracies need to get their acts together to address a common danger from the region’s authoritarian/totalitarian powers. Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan face rising challenges from China and/or North Korea. All have security arrangements with the United States to deter or confront those threats.
7:56 AM, Nov 25, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Chinese military claims for the first time to have landed a plane on an aircraft carrier, the state media outlet Xinhua reports.
China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said," says Xinhua.
8:03 AM, Nov 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama called Burma 'Myanmar' after a bilateral meeting with Thein Sein, the president of that country. From the pool report:
Obama used the word "Myanmar," the preferred terminology of the former military government and currently nominally civilian government, in a spray following the bilat, rather than use "Burma," the former name of the country, and the one preferred by Aung San Suu Kyi as well as the name the U.S. uses.
10:42 PM, Nov 15, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
President Obama heads abroad Saturday for a four-day visit to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. One assumes the president was going to add on to this trip a visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which would certainly be the fitting and proper thing to do.
1:44 PM, Nov 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama will travel to Burma, as well as other countries in Asia, the White House announced.
6:15 AM, Oct 25, 2012 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
A post in the Wall Street Journal blog covering India suggests relations are souring between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, long the main instrument of Riyadh’s ideological influence over South Asian Muslims. The desert monarchy has extradited several terrorist suspects to India, under a treaty signed between the two countries in 2010. Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari was sent to India in June, A. Rayees was deported by the Saudis to New Delhi in October, and Fasih Muhammad, last week.
4:59 PM, Oct 23, 2012 • By LIANCHAO HAN
During Monday night’s presidential debate, the candidates beat their breasts vying to be tougher on China. Barack Obama pointed to his accomplishments, while Mitt Romney attacked the president for being afraid to label China a currency manipulator. The amount of time devoted to America’s largest creditor and potential enemy shows that managing the relationship with China is critical for whoever sits in the Oval Office.
The greater East Asian co-hostility sphere.Oct 22, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 06 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Relations between China and Japan, never particularly placid, have reached bona fide crisis proportions over the past several months—and could get worse.