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Are Things Falling Apart For US-Asia Foreign Policy?

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Submitted by Zachary Keck via The Diplomat,

Although Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Northeast Asia this week will likely focus on defusing tensions over China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), this is hardly the only issue plaguing the U.S. in Asia.

In general, U.S. Asia policy during the second Obama administration has lacked focus as senior officials have been preoccupied with domestic and other international challenges. Elizabeth Economy rightly notes that the administration has recently “unleashed a barrage of Asia-related speeches, commentaries, and initiatives that should reassure all concerned that the region will remain a centerpiece of the new foreign policy team’s agenda.”

This includes Treasury Secretary Jack Lew visiting the region last month, Biden’s trip this month and Obama’s planned visit in April. Additionally, as Economy points out, National Security Advisor Susan Rice gave her first Asia-oriented speech last month, and Washington promptly reacted to China creating an East China Sea ADIZ. The U.S. military also responded admirably to the typhoon in the Philippines, and the U.S. has also been active in the region-wide discussions over restarting the six party talks over North Korea’s nuclear program.

While these are commendable, I differ from Economy in attributing too much importance to them. Moreover, a number of other issues suggest that the administration continues to give inadequate attention to the Asia-Pacific, and the results it is getting reflect this relative neglect.

Probably the most encouraging sign about the Obama administration’s commitment to Asia right now are the number of senior-level trips to the region. Lew’s trip was especially notable given that the economic components of the rebalance are lagging behind the military aspects, and the fact that the trip came on the heels of China’s Third Plenum. Biden’s trip is also encouraging because of his familiarity with Chinese President Xi Jinping that dates back to Xi’s time as vice president. However, as noted above, this trip is likely to be one-dimensional given the tensions surrounding the ADIZ.

And while presidential attention is always a positive—time being a president’s most valuable resource—Obama’s upcoming trip hardly signifies a strong presidential commitment to Asia. After all, the trip is merely meant to make up for the trip Obama cancelled in October because of the government shutdown. This is inevitably an inadequate replacement for the October trip given that there will be no regional conferences for Obama to attend in April. Moreover, it is not encouraging that Obama took six months to reschedule that cancelled trip.

Secretary of State John Kerry was sent to the region as Obama’s replacement back in October. Kerry later had to cancel the Philippines portion of the trip due to an upcoming storm. He did however promise to return to the Philippines “within a month or so.” Some Filipino lawmakers questioned the fact that Kerry had cancelled the trip at all, claiming that it could’ve proceeded without incident. These concerns can only have increased now that it has almost been two months since Kerry’s first trip was cancelled, and the State Department has yet to announce when the rescheduled one will occur. Of course, the massive typhoon in the Philippines last month may account for the delay in rescheduling the trip. At the same time, some might think that this event would make Kerry’s visit all the more urgent. Moreover, it’s hard not to be suspicious that Kerry’s intense involvement in the Middle East and Afghanistan haven’t also been behind the delay.

The senior-level trips also hide other troubling personnel issues in the region. For example, as previously noted, Obama nominated Caroline Kennedy to be the ambassador to Japan back in April. It was only in the middle of last month that she arrived in Tokyo. According to The Japan Times, the previous U.S. ambassador left the country back in August, meaning that a three month vacancy occurred at a crucial time. Furthermore, however capable Kennedy may be as a person, she is a political appointee who lacks any kind of diplomatic experience. This is troubling given the kind of high stakes crises she will have to navigate while in Tokyo, with China’s new ADIZ being a telling example.

Her job will be made more difficult by the fact that she’s likely to not have a counterpart in Beijing to help mediate the rising tensions between China and Japan. As The Diplomat previously reported, the current U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, has tendered his resignation. According to his public resignation statement, his family is already back in the United States and he plans to join them in early 2014. President Obama has yet to nominate Locke’s successor. If Kennedy’s experience is any guide, it could take seven months from the time the president nominates that person for them to arrive in Beijing. Even if s/he is nominated today, that means there could very well be a six month period in which the U.S. does not have an ambassador to China.

More generally, at least from the outside, there does not appear to be a senior level official who is the Obama administration’s point person on Asia or even China. Many felt that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon played that role during the first Obama administration.

Clinton’s successor, John Kerry, has clearly marked the Middle East as the region that will consume the bulk of his attention. Donilon’s successor, Susan Rice, has a long, distinguished career in U.S. foreign policy, none of which centers on the Asia-Pacific. As Economy noted, Rice did recently make her first Asia-centric speech as national security advisor. While commendable, as Economy also points out, it offered little in the way of new ideas or policies beyond announcing Obama’s upcoming trip. This hardly suggests a strong interest or commitment to the region. Moreover, Rice became national security advisor on July 1, 2013. The fact that she waited almost five months to give an Asia-centric speech hardly suggests that she will be the administration’s point person on Asia.

But the most troubling aspect of the administration’s neglect of Asia doesn’t have to do with personnel but rather with policy. In particularly, it has to do with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the centerpiece of America’s economic rebalance to Asia. The U.S. and its future TPP partners had set a deadline of the end of 2013 for reaching agreement on the text of the treaty. There are no signs that this deadline will be met.

Moreover, as previously reported, 173 members of Congress have come out in opposition to granting the president fast track trade promotion authority, which would allow the president to submit the TPP to Congress for an up-and-down vote without any amendments. Many analysts believe that the administration will not be able to get the TPP through the U.S. Congress unless it has this authority. Yet, there are no signs of a renewed commitment from the administration to lobby Congress on the TPP or fast track trade promotion authority.

This all becomes especially problematic given that 2014 is an election year, which makes it especially unlikely that Congress will ratify any FTA. Moreover, ASEAN is likely to be preoccupied next year with putting all the pieces in place to launch its free trade zone by the beginning of 2015. The best-case scenario for the TPP at this point is that the draft text is finalized in time for President Obama’s trip to the region in April, and that the White House can get a lame duck Congress to ratify it after the November elections. This is hardly impossible but it will require a degree of commitment to the treaty that the administration has hitherto not demonstrated.

In sum, while the Obama administration has given Asia more attention in recent weeks, this commitment will have to be sustained if the U.S. is going to be successful in the region.

Spot the difference?

 

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Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:49 | 4212664 dirtyfiles
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don't see any ...oh wait

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:52 | 4212670 mickeyman
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Katy Perry is a replicant.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:55 | 4212680 Rock On Roger
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It is time to die.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:06 | 4212709 JohnnyBriefcase
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I'm sure Katy Perry is a horrible person but GOD DAMN!! that's fine.

 

I'd also settle for the asian chick.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:14 | 4212720 Richard Chesler
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All I see is cleavage.

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:50 | 4212793 FinalCollapse
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The Asian chick is much, much prettier.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:20 | 4212838 JohnnyBriefcase
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She is probably a more pleasant person to be around as well.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:06 | 4213052 wintermute
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<---- West is best

<---- Eastern promise

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:16 | 4213061 Oracle of Kypseli
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She looks like Shinawatra the PM of Thailand. Maybe several years ago.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 07:36 | 4213145 jeff montanye
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anyone else's screen blanking out constantly here?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 07:45 | 4213156 nmewn
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No.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:02 | 4213258 BoNeSxxx
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I didn't know that was Katy Perry.  In fact, I have no idea who Katy Perry is or why I should care.

This is a good thing... means I am not watching TV or listening to garbage or whatever else I would need to be doing in order to recognize a fake plastic invented personality.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:09 | 4213273 XitSam
Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:41 | 4213552 remain calm
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Katie Perry tits are not real. They are inflated by external forces. Some day they will fall down and she will realize she would have been better off to have done nothing at all. She will have to keep getting bigger and bigger implants, till one day they will explode during a photo shoot. and realize that the tempoary excitement she created was not worth the long term consequences and pain.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:35 | 4213704 Dixie Rect
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Will this happen by way of planes flying into her mams, or will it be controlled demolition?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:17 | 4213643 Nostradumbass
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I was just thinking the same thing myself.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:40 | 4213715 tarsubil
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Katy Perry is a "singer."

http://youtu.be/THYxJqWK6Lw

If you listen to the above link, this should help with recovery.

http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/foreign-body-ear-treatment

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:32 | 4217591 mickeyman
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I can't help it. I have kids.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:01 | 4213172 Ying-Yang
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Jeff try another browser... Firefox, Chrome.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:49 | 4213240 Dr. No
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The down arrow was for the encouraged use of Chrome.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:04 | 4213261 johnQpublic
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surprised so many folks know who the big titted chick is

never seen her before....

over the long haul i'd take the asian

titties for a one nighter

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 02:15 | 4212903 ElvisDog
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Sorry, big tits trumps slightly prettier face. Advantage - USA

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 02:27 | 4212917 Skateboarder
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Personality: robot.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 02:43 | 4212930 sodbuster
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You can always get the Asian babe some store - bought titties!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 04:51 | 4213037 Fiat Envy
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Those tits are gonna be hanging around her knees before you know it.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 06:22 | 4213113 Rakshas
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Poise counts, Katy has her points I'm sure - not that there is anything wrong with that - but generally the Asian women I've met are far more open and friendly than the western counterparts. Don't mean to generalize but actually just about all of the Asian people I work with are extremely polite and friendly - to think I was going to turn down this assignment in favor of Isreal - thank god for coin flips.  Besides how sexy will KP be when those things drop ..................... just sayin'

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:20 | 4213195 SmackDaddy
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What's it matter?  You can't get pussy on any continent.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:11 | 4213281 JoBob
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I married an Asian chick and it has been perfect!

Once you've tried Asian, goodbye Caucasian!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 07:31 | 4213139 Headbanger
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Left photo:  With growth hormones in food supply

Right photo:  Without growth hormones in food supply.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 06:06 | 4213100 Sudden Debt
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GET REAL!!!

DAMN MAN!!! NO TITS!!

I'D FUCK KATE IN EVERY OPENING!

I'D EVEN SWALLOW A BOX OF VIAGRA BEFORE I'D GO ALL IN!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 06:19 | 4213111 ParkAveFlasher
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Baby, you're a  firework...in fact I have a sparkler in my pants for KP.  The other broad can cook me dumplings but I know I'll still be hungry a half hour later.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:41 | 4213232 greatbeard
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>> The Asian chick is much, much prettier.

And that matters how?  Which one would you rather titty fuck?   USA!!  USA!!!  USA!!!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:54 | 4212997 Nobody For President
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The young asian woman looks a bit malnourished. I don't mean the breasts - the face, those arms - that woman needs more meat on her bones!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:05 | 4213049 Troll Magnet
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Bring her to America. I'll put her up in my crib and see to it that she swallows...her food.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:44 | 4213357 RSloane
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We would have done better to send Katy Perry rather than Biden. We sent BIDEN??

And yet the US wants to be taken seriously.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:02 | 4212814 TheReplacement
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One probably carries every venerial disease known to man and the other will never cheat on you.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:39 | 4213547 Grinder74
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I'll take Katy Perry any day over that two-by-four posing as a woman.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 23:52 | 4212671 BGO
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Katy Perry has great tits.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:00 | 4212689 mickeyman
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The best that could be grown in a lab

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:03 | 4212696 Agent P
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You know the worst thing about fake tits?  Me neither.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:04 | 4212702 Seize Mars
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Agent P

Katy P

Mmmm.....tits

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:47 | 4212872 cameldojo
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I bet the girl on the right smells like borrowed socks from foot locker, and the girl on the left smells like asian peach pie.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:14 | 4213186 SmackDaddy
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Hey, if I can touch them, theyre real

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:19 | 4212732 johnconnor
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Perfection would be the asian chick with Katy's boobs

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:01 | 4212811 disabledvet
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that's why they call them Filipinos.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:38 | 4212860 NemoDeNovo
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+1000 for that one

 

~De Opresso Liber Brother

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 06:39 | 4213117 Seer
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Filipinas rock!  My wife can pass as being 20 years younger than she actually is.  Like I've said before, I'm a lucky son of a bitch :-)

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:42 | 4213553 Grinder74
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I know two Filipinos, a mother and daughter.  The mother is short, fat and ugly.  The daughter is that plus bad acne.  You were saying?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:56 | 4213093 lakecity55
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more than a mouthfull's a waste!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:40 | 4213550 Grinder74
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What, you don't have any hands?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:51 | 4212791 MedTechEntrepreneur
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Yeah but the China chick has way better nipples.  KP has no nipples...

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:02 | 4212815 disabledvet
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I'm an areolis man myself.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:39 | 4213543 edotabin
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"Katy Perry has great tits."

and they say America doesn't make anything anymore!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:41 | 4213721 Jumbotron
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One is smug and full of shit.

The other........she just hasn't hung out with the other one long enough yet.  Just give it time.

Everyone ends up a whore in this global system we've created.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:05 | 4212704 suteibu
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Oh, come on.  Obama has sent Carolyn Kennedy and Joe Biden to Asia.  And if they fail, Kerry's in the stables ready to go.  Obama's got Asia covered.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:15 | 4212721 Agent P
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Why do I imagine Joe Biden over there trying to communicate with people by changing all of his L's to R's when he talks?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:37 | 4212767 DaveyJones
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and it would work, if he knew the difference between L and R 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:22 | 4212839 old naughty
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O: "We're back in the Asia Pacific..."

Quick, someone please re-write on his teleprompter so he could read it again out loud.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:29 | 4212756 BandGap
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That being said, I'm thinking it may be a provocation.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:54 | 4212801 Freddie
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I am amazed that Carolyn Kennedy was dumb enough to become ambassador to Japan with Tokyo so close to Fukushima.  She really is dumb.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:03 | 4212816 suteibu
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The Japanese government is parading her all around for the "talento" (which means a celebrity with no talent except for being a celebrity) addicted Japanese.  And Abe is assured to be the smartest in the room when meeting with her.  What's not to like from the Japanese standpoint?  I think they lobbied Obama for the appointment.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:46 | 4212870 icanhasbailout
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I am not even slightly surprised by that. That family is full of people who, genetically, should be unable to eat solid food.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:54 | 4213092 lakecity55
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and that is why they are all drunks.

they do not eat solid food, only bottled food.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:54 | 4213000 FreedomGuy
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So, tell me when competence in ANYTHING has been a requirement for an Obama appointee or staff member.

In fact, Obama reminds of a third world dictator in that everyone around him must be dumber than he is, in which case, competence is a disqualifier.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 07:19 | 4213133 Four chan
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obama sponsored by brawndo. the future is now.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:20 | 4213307 XitSam
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Obama will just out-think all of Asia. No problem.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:11 | 4212716 GOSPLAN HERO
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Katy no love you long time.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:14 | 4212722 Arbysauce
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Hmm..katy looks like she wouldnt be embarrassed to go down on a gorilla?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:17 | 4212731 suteibu
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Given the topic of the article, that would be Godzilla.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:15 | 4212724 ChaosEquilibrium
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The END is NEAR......ZH'ers readily identifying a sheeple Hollywood slut!

 

So this is Katy Perry.....now I have a name to associate the breas....face!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:35 | 4213221 AlaricBalth
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The END is NEAR.....rather than focusing on an agreement (TPP) that has no economic benefit to the average American and grants corporate interests enormous new powers, ZH'ers are easily distracted by a pair of tits and a pretty face.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:22 | 4212741 CunnyFunt
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Not hot.

Looks like a cadaver with implants.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:26 | 4212745 besnook
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tits aren't made in china obviously. until then they will never rule the world.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:27 | 4212749 kchrisc
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Here is the bottom line and future of the US papertiger's Asian foreign policy: "Those with the gold make the rules."

 

"Ignorance of the Constitution and 'following orders' is no excuse."

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:29 | 4212754 Frank N. Beans
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okay did anyone actually read this article?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:37 | 4212769 besnook
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it is actually an anecdotal survey of the vast ignorance of the east dating back to pearl s. buck and the chrysanthemum(forgot the author) by westerners in general but specifically in the usa by everyone all the way to the white house.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:44 | 4213359 Bastiat
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Chrysanthemum and the Sword, Ruth Benedict

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:30 | 4213511 matrix2012
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+1 for mentioning the productive author, Ms. Pearl S. Buck

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:04 | 4212952 matrix2012
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Reading The Diplomat in the ZH? Are you kidding yourself??  LOL

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:28 | 4212973 carlin401
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Yep, been there did that,

 

Read any fucking ZH OP, and its all the same,...

QE bad

IMF good

Ron paul good

krugman bad

CIA/NSA good

BITCOIN the best

Faber good, anyone advertising GOLD on ZH very good

read a ZH OP post and you just might start thinking that Ronald Raygun was Jesus, and Ron Paul is an independent.

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 07:40 | 4213109 darteaus
Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:31 | 4212760 Sutton
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The girl on the right looks like billions of other girls.  And she loves math. 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:31 | 4212762 q99x2
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I thought Asian foreign relations fell apart with NAFTA? So are they supposed to be fixing that or what?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:35 | 4212765 Teddy Tenpole
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I bet they both swallow.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:57 | 4212804 prains
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your IQ is showing

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:29 | 4212853 Teddy Tenpole
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Why thank you, regrettably not as much as your Supreme Doucheness.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:37 | 4212768 autofixer
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The chick on the left looks like some drunk chick I picked up at a bar.  The chick on the right looks like my doctor. 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:00 | 4212808 TheReplacement
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Dump the drunk and pick up the doc. 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:25 | 4212968 carlin401
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This ain't right,

America is Kim Kardashian, or at least Michelle Obama's BIG FUCKING black ass,

 

Where did they find this milk-toast honkey? This is NOT my americKKKa.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:54 | 4213091 lakecity55
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r the tits on the left for realz?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:45 | 4212786 williambanzai7
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Why should Asia policy be different from anything else in the mega clusterfuck called HOPE?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:14 | 4212831 Tom of the Missouri
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It isn't different than the M.C. of Hope.  I think sending two of the dumbest people on earth to represent the adm. there is so very fitting.  They could not do worse though than they  have done in every other country in the world turning our allies into enemies while helping our enemies.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 07:13 | 4213129 williambanzai7
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They fly in like seagulls on meal junkets.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:50 | 4212794 Lmo Mutton
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Katy, go make us a sammich while I have a conversation with miss Asia.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:54 | 4212798 CunnyFunt
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The breasts are symbolic of QE augmentation.

Pump, pump, pump it up, bitchez!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:00 | 4212812 jonjon831983
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"Wall Street Ogles Breast Augmentation as New Market Indicator"

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wall-street-ogles-breast-augmentation-as-new-market-indicator/

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:01 | 4212813 sangell
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I think Caroline Kennedy's appointment, while not planned this way, actually sends a strong signal to Japan just because she is JFK's daughter so her celebrity actually shows the US support for Japan is deep and firm. Unfortunately, because of Obama's deal with Iran North Korea's Kim III is going to want a similiar substantive concession in exchange for a promise to negotiate which Obama can't give him without looking even more incompetent and weak so expect some trouble on the Korean peninsula soon.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:04 | 4212817 disabledvet
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The Secretary of State goes over there to talk peace...the Vice President to talk war. Move along...

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:06 | 4212824 Son of Captain Nemo
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Caroline Kennedy as U.S. Ambassador of Japan may be the best thing the Obama Administration has or will have given the economic and political death spiral in his last 5 years.

Name one member on his team while in office that hasn't been an abject failure of the most monumental proportions starting with Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as Secretary of State?

Ask yourself if either of them brought any "diplomatic experience" to the table and have shown it while holding the office?

God only knows as an Ambassador she will have the job that obviously no one else would take or want given the crisis at Fukushima and the threats being orchestrated through Japan as proxy to the U.S. military, while Jack Lew "wows them" with praise to get them to buy more United States Grade A debt.

The Lady at this point can only help that picture!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:11 | 4212828 Anonymouse
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Wait, I see it!  Katy Perry's hair is parted in the middle.

I've always been good at those spot the difference puzzles....

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:48 | 4212859 Amagnonx
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" The best-case scenario for the TPP at this point is .. " that everyone who had anything to do with this treasonous piece of shit is given a public inverted crucifixion.

 

The TPP effectively hands sovereignty over to corporations, who will not only be able to interpret laws, but prosecute states whose laws cause them any financial hardship.  In other words after signing the TPP, no state would be able to defend itself from predatory corporations.

 

The TPP hands the law over to corporations, this is not some trivial trade agreement.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:48 | 4212876 Alternative
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What else is new?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 06:10 | 4213102 Disenchanted
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So this tool @ The Diplomat thinks TPP is a must have...lovely.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:43 | 4212866 IridiumRebel
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Motorboat

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 02:03 | 4212888 Lordflin
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Not certain I see the relevance of Ms. Perry's mammaries.... perhaps I am getting old...

On the other hand...

While I have considered all those who have held the post of President in recent years to be men of poor character... this is the first President that seems to have no interest in governing. His sole function appears to be making money for his handlers's and their buddies. As to the TPP... Any treaty this administration attempts to run past Congress has far more to do with domestic subjugation than foreign policy. The TPP is no exception.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 04:09 | 4213014 carlin401
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Let's cut the shit.

The USA has reverted to a PENAL COLONY.

The USA has prison capacity, and URBAN CHINA has a prison/population problem, its a match made in heaven, for China to send their unwanted to be housed in the world's finest penal colony.

BIDEN/KERRY will be on their knee's sucking Chinese cock to get convicts to fill the US prison system and in desperation for real Chinese Yuan, ...  how else? What the fucking else does the USA have to sell China?

The USA is a large wasteland of desert land just waiting to be the world's penal colony.

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:12 | 4212959 rogerjarema
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Katy is making a statement here, one word: "ROAR" 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:17 | 4212962 whirlybird rules
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Well.. congratulations Ben!..  as you can see..  we devolve to ever lower levels of endless commentary about tits because we have been exhausted discussing the insanity of your initiatives.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:22 | 4212964 carlin401
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How many people will CHINA murder to make the YUAN Reserve Currency? How many Chinese will the USA murder to keep the USD 'reserve currency'?

HOW many people MUST be KILLED to make BTC 2.0 the worlds Reserve Currency?

Over 100 MILLION people murdered in a 100 years to make the USD what it is today, HOW many people will be murdered to FORCE the world to accept BTC 2.0?

Learn real history BTC-BITCH

1.) WWI was engineered by FORD, HEARST and US banking interest; USA industrialists engineered all aspects of WWI to drive europe into the toilet and rise UK/USA into a position of absolute world power.

2.) WWII was engineered by FORD, HEARST, BUSH and US banking interest, US industrialists brought HITLER to power. Fact

3.) Post WWII was all about USD reserve control

4.) Post 1970's was all about USA being the worlds policeman to kill any black market that didn't trade in USD

5.) Oil wars post 1990's have been about making sure the petro-dollar is the USD.

6.) 2013 THE USD is dead, so the NSA/CIA/IMF(USA) brings out a new world currency, ... BITCOIN 2.0

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:28 | 4212971 Ralph Spoilsport
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Thanks for the Cliff Notes summary but you're still a fucktard.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 04:50 | 4212982 carlin401
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Yep, uncle BIDEN goes to ASIA to protect 'OUR' interests,

KEEP those KARDASHIAN VIRGINS, safe from the CHINESE MONGREL's, ...

 

USA-HAIRLIP - "We're Going to China, but what are fighting for?"

Obama - "Kardashian Virgins"

Hairlip - "I didn't know Kardashian's came in virgin?"

Obama - "I say they're virgins, they're virgins"

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 06:05 | 4213099 darteaus
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Uh, a mouth like that won't get you far in China.

Just saying...

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:28 | 4212972 matrix2012
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Gentlemen,

On the left is Katy Perry, the Hollywood celebrity, and on the right is LI Bingbing, China's famous actress.  The choice of preference is yours... :-)

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:33 | 4212979 carlin401
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I don't know about any of you, but after living over here for 20+ years, when I see American women, they all look like Kim Kardashian, or Pamela Anderson.

The funny thing is when their 50 years old Li BingBig, might be confused with a 14 year old in the USA,

When a woman hit's 16 year's old in the USA, they look like they have been fucked by the entire high school football team every night since they were 12 years old.

**

Yep, the USA role model, and world policeman, ... ROLE MODEL my ass.

Stat's today USA/UK worst math in the world for teenagers and SHANGHAI kids came out on top,...

Any doubt about dumb&dumber can  be found right here on ZH, where most folks don't even know who the GOOD-GUYS or the BAD-GUYS are in the real world.

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 04:41 | 4213034 Harbanger
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Tell the truth.  You moved to Asia because you have a small penis and a 401k.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 04:53 | 4213041 carlin401
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I moved to CHINA, because I wantd to experience 'real' fucking capitalism, wild-west capitalism, and I hate nazi bitches, and the USA is a nazi bitch state,

But ZH is where I get my fix, anytime I forget how fucked the USA is I come to ZH and read this OP crap here, and then I'm reminded of what a shit-hole the USA is-is, by that  I mean given that 100% of ZH OPS are just AIPAC/IMF/NSA talking-point, I don't need to go any where else to smell the fucking USA propangda bullshit.

Ayn Rand my ass, if the real Ayn Rand saw ZH she would PUKE,

 

John Galt

 

 

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 05:08 | 4213042 Harbanger
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I rent property here in the US to a lot of Nazi capitalists from your country and they tell me all about it.

So what kind of business are you doing there?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:35 | 4212981 darteaus
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Can't we just give them a "Reset" button?

[You may recall that our fool mistranslated "reset" to "overcharge", so, in actuality,  the US presented an "Overcharge" button the the Russians as our new direction!]

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:39 | 4212986 carlin401
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How many BTC's does the American Whore ( Kardashian Twat on Left ) charge for blow jobs?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:55 | 4213001 yepyep
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US should stay the fuck out of asia's business.

 

US administration is like a cancer, you are better off without it

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:56 | 4213002 I_Am_
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so who wore that dress first,,,,,,

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 04:14 | 4213020 carlin401
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GOLD TALKS AND BULLSHIT WALKS, and the USA ain't got no gold, and thus the CHINESE have little to no use for the USA.

Once the almighty USA consumer is fucked, and can't even afford WALMART, then the Chinese will not even fucking miss the USA.

Obama's Teleprompter probably doesn't even have time to tell Obama what to speak on the subject of Asia.

 

A Nation of FUCKING DEBT goes to CHINA and tell's them what to do, ... yeh fucking right,

Where in the FUCKING world anymore does the USA get respect? Only those country's that fear the paper tiger, and now the paper is worthless.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 06:32 | 4213115 orangegeek
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I hopey Katy Perry changey's her mind and does porn.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 07:38 | 4213146 22winmag
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On left: probably infected with feminism

 

On right: probably knows her place

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 07:39 | 4213148 esum
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no need to read any article here... the trail of incompetency of obumbler and his incompetent minions is like shit leaking from a baby's diaper.. in fact obumbler is a big baby....who has shit all over our allies, and the world... easily intimidated and pushed around by foreign powers that see he is an empty suit, are focused on thier long and short term objectives, act rationally and are intellecrually superior. he didnt hide his records bcause he was an A student... the guest lecturer is the king without clothes and everyone except the die hard free shit crew sees it. 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:28 | 4213209 El Hosel
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Every picture tells a story.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:13 | 4213182 GrinandBearit
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I'll take the one on the right please.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:13 | 4213183 mendolover
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From what I've been reading lately I think we are already pretty fucked in Asia.  Tits are great but they are basically a dime a dozen.  Asian chic is very elegant looking.  I see a Kim K resembelance.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:10 | 4213278 Uncle Remus
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."Tits are great but they are basically a dime a dozen."

Yeah, but getting them installed right the first time is the expensive part.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:53 | 4216043 mjcOH1
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"Tits are great but they are basically a dime a dozen"

In Asia, apparently not....

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:58 | 4213252 Chaos_Theory
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One on left would be fun for a Vegas debauched weekend (probably followed by a lifetime with Herpes and Hep C).  One on left is marriage material.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:00 | 4213405 Toolshed
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I think you mean your other left.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 17:21 | 4215088 Uncle Remus
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Probably not ex-military.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:52 | 4213381 Mi Naem
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"Spot the difference?"

Their eyes are a different color? 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 09:55 | 4213397 El Hosel
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If the blouse don't fit it must be the Tits.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 17:23 | 4215090 Uncle Remus
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Or one-size-fits-all.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:43 | 4213556 The Carbonator
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I'll take ASIA any day of the week.

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:17 | 4213639 The Carbonator
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By the way.  Li is 40 years old, born in Feb 1973. 

 

Katy was born in 1984, she is 29.

 

Li will still look beautiful and classy 20 years from now.

 

When Katy is 42 years old, she will look like the local town meth head.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:46 | 4213745 ToNYC
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Gravity will not be kind to such illusions.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 12:25 | 4213875 monad
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Canadian Bacon

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 12:30 | 4213895 Steve in Greensboro
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"...And while presidential attention is always a positive—time being a president’s most valuable resource..."

"...while the Obama administration has given Asia more attention in recent weeks, this commitment will have to be sustained if the U.S. is going to be successful in the region..."

Which president are we talking about, again?  Bathhouse Barry?  You got to be kidding me. 

Barry is a global laughingstock, domestically, internationally, probably in interstellar space, the man is recognized as a poseur and a fool.

 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 13:01 | 4214011 ncdirtdigger
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The manikin on the left is missing a button? What do I win?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 13:58 | 4214220 are we there yet
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It is OK. Asian men do not like ginormous american boobs.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 14:50 | 4214415 vspam
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Ginormous American boobs FTW.  They want variety.  Asian women lack boob.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 17:24 | 4215097 Uncle Remus
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What - you don't like a nipple in each ear?

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 08:57 | 4226419 Bogdog
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Chinese armpit porn. It's the new bitcoin.

Get on the bus.

http://www.hdwallpaperbackground.com/uploads/allimg/130425/Li%20Bingbing...

 

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