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CHINA-U.S. SUMMIT: HOW BEST TO NEGOTIATE

CHARLES E. MORRISON WRITES – Predictions of the outcomes of the Trump-Xi Jinping meeting in Florida range from a looming disaster to a rosy new beginning.  Of course, both leaders will claim success as a bad meeting helps neither, but true success is measured in the longer-term against expectations.  These need to be realistic, concrete, and undertaken through a step-by-step, results-oriented process. U.S. Asia policy has seen remarkable continuity between Republican and Democratic administration and consensus among the mostly D.C.-based Asian experts who staffed them.   This consensus has several key points: that with Asia’s huge population (more than the rest...

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KOREAN PENINSULA: THE BEST POSSIBLE ADVICE FOR KIM JONG UN

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR CHUNG-IN MOON WRITES  — Unsettling shadows descended on the Korean Peninsula at the end of 2016. A security threat on top of domestic troubles with the South Korean president under impeachment proceedings, politics swept up in turmoil, candlelight vigils likely to stretch into next year, and depressing economic data have put the country into something like crisis mode. This is why Pyongyang’s actions are being so closely watched. January has often been a sensitive month in inter-Korean relations. South Korea and the United States embark on their annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military drillsaround this time...

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JAPAN: A BEAUTY OF A SHOCK!

THE JAPAN TIMES IN TOKYO WRITES: A half-Indian beauty queen with an elephant trainer’s license was crowned Miss Japan on Monday, striking a fresh blow for racial equality. Priyanka Yoshikawa’s tearful victory comes a year after Ariana Miyamoto faced an ugly backlash for becoming the first black woman to represent Japan. Social media lit up after Miyamoto’s trailblazing triumph as critics complained that Miss Universe Japan should instead have been won by a “pure” Japanese rather than a haafu — the Japanese for “half,” a word used to describe mixed race. “Before Ariana, haafu girls couldn’t represent Japan,” Yoshikawa...

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VIETNAM: THE TRIUMPH OF THE TRIBUNAL

From Ho Chi Minh City, Well-Known Vietnamese lawyer Nguyen Ba Son Writes – On July 12, 2016, the arbitral tribunal in the South China Sea arbitration case instituted under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) between the Philippines and China handed out its final Award. It has been widely reported that the Philippines with this Award has scored a sweeping victory against China with regard to the latter’s maritime claims in the South China Sea. But describing this arbitration as a fight in which there is a winner and a loser...

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LOS ANGELES: UNSG BAN AND WIFE SOON-TAEK VISIT WITH ASIA MEDIA EDITOR AND WIFE

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES — A visit by the UN Secretary General is always a big event in Los Angeles. Arriving after world-wind visits to various international trouble spots, Mr and Mrs Ban Ki-moon made appearances at the home of TV legend Normal Lear (lunch Wednesday, 10 Aug.) and producer-director Brett Ratner (dinner that night). The next day, before heading to Los Angeles International Airport for the next leg of the arduous trip, Ki-moon and wife Soon-taek had breakfast at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey with Asia Media International Editor-in-Chief Tom Plate and his wife Andrea, who...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL STAFF

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University's Asia Media Center - a vital part of LMU's Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS)

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Jay Seo [North & South Korea]
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Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

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Amber Vernetti

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Austin Zuckerman

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