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Rebooting the Empire: Obama's Asia trip
US capitalism strives to maintain a dominant position in the Asia Pacific region. President Obama in April visited Japan, South Korea and Philippines, three key military partners in the US strategy to build its military presence in the region. The goal is to contain rising China militarily and economically. Obama also pitched the stalled Trans Pacific Patnership, the giant neoliberal trade deal, in Malaysia and Japan.
The China Discussion Group will report on the tour and examine the Chinese perspective. Discussion will focus on the "three hotspots" of tension and potential conflict: Korea, and the East and south China Seas. Will the US be successful in the "Pivot" to draw down from Iraq and Afghanistan and refocus on Asia Pacific? Is conflict with China on the horizon?