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April 5, 2018
Director of Research Siddharth Mohandas on Trade Tensions Between the United States and China


The leaders of the world’s two biggest economies are waiting to see who backs down after firing the opening shots in a trade war.

U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at China’s plans to dominate strategic technologies Tuesday by slapping tariffs on 1,333 of the country’s products — from semiconductors to lithium batteries. Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping’s government hit back with proposed levies on key American imports including soybeans and Boeing Co. jets, a tougher response than many expected.

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March 23, 2018
Chairman & CEO Dr. Kurt M. Campbell on How the Trump-Kim Summit Outcome Hinges on South Korea

The Korea Herald

WASHINGTON — South Korea will have a large role in determining the success of a planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a former senior US diplomat said Monday.

Kurt Campbell, who served as the top US diplomat for East Asia during the Barack Obama administration, said the recent flurry of diplomacy with North Korea could set the stage for South Korea’s rise.

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March 12, 2018
President Nirav Patel and Abraham Denmark on Why Tough Diplomacy is America's Best Bet with North Korea

The National Interest

The Washington foreign-policy community’s reactions to President Trump’s decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been a mix of surprise and criticism. While the surprise is certainly justified, it’s time to offer credible and practical ideas for him and his team rather than bromides of conventional wisdom. The old rule book has gone out the window, for better or worse. We have no other option but to give the process a chance and be part of the solution.

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March 8, 2018
The Asia Group Launches Asia-Focused Podcast, Tea Leaves

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 8, 2018) – The Asia Group announced today the launch of Tea Leaves, a new podcast that will focus on the current affairs, foreign policy, business, and arts of Asia. The podcasts’ hosts, Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma, will lead a series of revealing interviews with policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and artists exploring the most dynamic and consequential region in the world. 

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February 13, 2018
Chairman and CEO Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner on "The China Reckoning"

Foreign Affairs

The United States has always had an outsize sense of its ability to determine China’s course. Again and again, its ambitions have come up short. After World War II, George Marshall, the U.S. special envoy to China, hoped to broker a peace between the Nationalists and Communists in the Chinese Civil War. During the Korean War, the Truman administration thought it could dissuade Mao Zedong’s troops from crossing the Yalu River. The Johnson administration believed Beijing would ultimately circumscribe its involvement in Vietnam. In each instance, Chinese realities upset American expectations.

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Insights from the Region

Our elite team of in-country Senior Advisors share their take on the latest developments in the dynamic Indo-Pacific region.

In terms of Japan’s national security, how to face and engage China is the most important strategic problem for Tokyo. China has changed its course, and President Xi seems to be turning away from the West.

Nobukatsu Kanehara

December 23, 2020
TAG Senior Advisor; Former Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary, Government of Japan
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