Time just right for new U.S. Asia Pacific Council meet

Opening panelTake economic tremors in the United States that quite possibly could spread to Asia, add a billion Chinese who are feeling a little disrespected by the rest of the world, stir in a new conservative prime minister in South Korea and a Mandarin-speaking Prime Minister of Australia and what do you get?

Just about the perfect time, in the thinking of Center President Charles Morrison, for the latest gathering of the U.S. Asia Pacific Council of the East West Center. Continue reading

New roles for Asia’s ‘global winners.’

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, an old Asia hand if ever there was one ( ambassador to the Philippines, Vietnam Paris Peace talks, etc.) is upbeat about the region these days.

In a speech to the 5th annual conference of the Center-backed Asia-Pacific Council in Washington, Negroponte notes that Asian nations today are more stable, prosperous and (with a few exceptions) more democratic than ever before. But these new “global winners,” have additional responsibility to take a leadership role in resolving inernational challenges —
from global warming to the spread of nuclear weapons, he says.

Suppose anyone is listening?

To read the full text of Negroponte’s speech, go HERE.