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SNS: Asia Letter, Q2 2021


By Scott Foster



"The message to China ought to be, 'Hey, you can assume that the United States won't respond' - but that was the assumption made in June of 1950 as well, when North Korea invaded South Korea."

- US Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster (Ret.), ("McMaster: U.S. is 'In Catch-Up Mode' to China in Indo-Pacific," USNI [US Naval Institute] News, 3/3/21)


"We have to play ball with the Chinese. If you are not at the table, you are on the menu."

 - Joerg Wuttke, head of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, mixing metaphors ("Deutschland AG continues to pour billions into China," The Economist, 1/9-15/21)


"We invited everybody and no-one came, except the Chinese. So they're welcome and they are easy to deal with."

- Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Indonesian Minister for Maritime Affairs
and Investment, on Indonesia's metals processing industry
"China building Indonesia into an EV powerhouse," Asia Times, 2/4/21)


"From now on, you want the Visiting Forces Agreement done? You have to pay. It's a shared responsibility, but your share of responsibility does not come free."

- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte getting warmed up
for negotiations with the Biden administration, from
"Duterte wants US to pay much more for troops access"
(Asia Times, 2/16/21)


"Palau's request to the US military remains simple - build joint-use facilities, then come and use them regularly."

- Palau President Tommy Remengesau,
in a letter to then-US Defense Secretary Mark Esper
(The Telegraph, 9/4/20)



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