The U.S. made its case at the Shangri La security conference in Singapore for continued America strategic leadership in 21st century Asia.  It the case solid?  Or is it what Shakespeare called “sound and fury signifying nothing”?

America is clearly losing control of the master narrative for North Korean engagement.  Korean affairs at present are driven by Moon Jae In of South Korea and Kim Jong Un of North Korea with the support of China and Russia.

The U.S. is also struggling to regain control of the master narrative for Asian affairs as China leverages its economic power to undercut America’s military hegemony.

That’s creating some awkward and embarrassing moments for America’s foreign policy aristocracy.

American think tanks, pundits, and politicians used to derive their authority, legitimacy, and income from confidently echoing the American line.  Now they are still echoing the American line, but the disconnect of that line with Asian reality is growing.

What we see on display today is not expert understanding and insight concerning Asia; it’s American think tanks and pundits revealing that they can’t or won’t go beyond the U.S.-centric positions of their patrons and paymasters in the US government and defense industry.

America’s slip is showing…on the Korean peninsula and at Shangri La.

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Show notes

South Koreans overwhelming support a peace agreement to end Korean War

More younger adults than older people say China is “not much of a problem”

‘A Threat to National Security’: Texas A&M Shuts Down China Learning Institutes

China Focus: Xi to chair SCO summit in Qingdao

Defense Secretary Speaks at the 2018 Shangri La Dialogue

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Joint News Conference

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei’s Regular Press Conference on February 19, 2016

Deployment of defensive facilities on S. China Sea islands legitimate, says Chinese military official

US Good at Taking Down ‘Small Islands’ General Hints to China

US generals should be prudent when talking about South China Sea

The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act

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