SNS Subscriber Edition • Volume 23, Issue 32 • Week of October 1, 2018


Asia Letter Q4 2018:

Many Belts,
Many Roads



SNS: Asia Letter Q4 2018:
Many Belts, Many Roads


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Week of 10/01/2018 Vol. 23 Issue 32


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This Year's Opening Night Speaker:

            Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist, NASA

Impact Panel of the Week:

Information Warfare in Ukraine

The threat to Ukraine is not only geographic, but also to its information systems and, perhaps of greatest concern, to its infrastructure. Russia has already attacked the country via cyber to shut down its grid, and there is every indication that more is coming. This discussion will explore how real cyber can get when you are on the front lines.  

      The Honorable Valeriy Chaly, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the USA 

      Moderated by Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC

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- October 9-12


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Asia Letter, Q4 2018

    Many Belts, Many Roads

            by Scott Foster


Quotes of Note

"If China and the US are going to throw bricks at each other's windows, it pays to be the one that sells glass to both sides. That's Japan."

- Nicholas Smith, Equity Strategist at CLSA Japan (Bloomberg, 8/6/18)


"Politically, it's a light in the increasing darkness of international politics. We are sending a clear message that you can count on us. We are predictable - both Japan and [the] EU - predictable and responsible and will come to the defence of a world order based on rules, freedom and transparency and common sense.

- Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, at the signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (The Guardian, 7/17/18)


"Some people look at Chinese investment with great hope. But the Chinese are not generous. In our experience they are very hard-nosed about how they invest. Until they attain the most beneficial conditions for themselves, they will not invest a single penny."

- Timur Dugarzhapov, Editor of Novaya Buryatia, an independent journal headquartered in Ulan-Ude (Christian Science Monitor, 8/3/18)


"After the US pullout from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the condition which allows companies to sue governments is no longer something we need to fear. Also, there is less overwhelming dominance of America over the other countries. The previous government had already signed to become a member. We can't withdraw without losing credibility, so we will have to go ahead with the CPTPP [Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership]."

- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, indicating his support for the TPP minus America. (The Straits Times, 8/27/18)



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