Thursday, June 2, 2011
The above talk given by Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell at CSIS on May 31, previews many of the points the US government hopes to make at this weekend's Shangri-La Dialogue where anyone who is anybody goes to discuss Asia. APP member, The Cable Guy Josh Rogin, has a good summary of the presentation HERE. Essentially, Campbell made it very firm that the US has strategic interests in the region and is not going away anytime soon.
Note that the talk was very focused on Southeast Asia with little reference to China, Japan or Korea except as elements of cooperation.