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June 2, 2020
TAG Partner Amb. Kurt Tong Shares Insights on "Washington's Self-Defeating Hong Kong Strategy"

Foreign Policy

The relationship between Washington and Hong Kong has long benefited both societies and helped the city retain its autonomy from the mainland. Now, the United States stands poised to tear apart the legal fabric of that once close relationship. The decoupling will hurt the people of Hong Kong and damage U.S. business and foreign policy interests—and it will do so without punishing China much at all.

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June 1, 2020
TAG Vice Chair Amb. Rich Verma and ORF President Samir Saran Co-Author Joint Report on the Future of U.S.-India Climate Cooperation

Observer Research Foundation

The Asia Group (TAG) and The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) convened a joint roundtable in October 2019 to advance recommendations to strengthen the US–India partnership for a green future with a special focus on climate mitigation, renewable energy, and climate financing. Across these topics, it is clear that both countries face a number of complex and overlapping challenges and opportunities. Even as recent policy efforts have strengthened each country’s capacity to tackle these challenges, this report seeks to identify policy recommendations to support this progress.

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May 26, 2020
Tea Leaves Podcast: Tanvi Madan

In this Tea Leaves episode, Rich talks with Tanvi Madan from Brookings Institute about the roots of India’s complex relationship with China and its role in shaping U.S.-India relations during the Cold War. Tanvi and Rich also talk about the implications of China-Russia and China-Pakistan defense relations on Indian foreign policy and Indian perceptions of U.S. reliability and the renewed rise in U.S.-China tensions.

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May 10, 2020
Kurt and Rich: A Kickoff Conversation

In the first of a series of Tea Leaves’ remote recording sessions as The Asia Group practices social distancing, Kurt and Rich discuss the latest on the coronavirus outbreak. Kurt shares some of his thoughts on how COVID-19 could be a “Suez Moment” for U.S. leadership on the world stage, while Rich assesses Washington’s economic and political response to the crisis and shares his thoughts on India’s response to date.

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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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