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The Pivot And The Island Rows


by Arnie Saiki
Los Angeles, California

[i] Jae-soon, Chang. “(2nd LD) Lee arrives in Cambodia for regional cooperation summits.” Nov. 18, 2012. Yonhap News Agency. ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[ii] Since 2007, Ricardo Lagos has held the Special Envoy on Climate Change for the UNSG Ban Ki-moon.  He also signed the 2005 TPPA between Chile, Singapore, New Zealand and Brunei, which was seen as a pathfinder to the larger FTAAP.

[iii] APEC. Assessment of Achievements of the Bogor Goals in 2010. ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[iv] The Economist. “Dead man talking: Ten years of trade talks have sharpened divisions, not smoothed them. Apr. 28, 2011 ( Accessed 2012 November 17. Doha rounds emphasized an older (1994) paradigm of rich countries access to emerging markets. Since then, emerging markets have accounted for nearly 75% of the addition to world GDP, creating a global economic shift to emerging markets from rich economies.


[vi] Ying, Ding. “Military Reciprocation” July 19, 2012. Beijing Review. ( Accessed 2012 November 17. Further, in an interview with Luo Yuan, retired major general and Executive V.P. of the China Strategic Cultural Promotion Association, “China’s security concern is its sovereignty, territorial integrity and interests at sea, which the United States should respect. After all, it is the United States that has come to China’s doorstep. China has never done anything jeopardizing the security and interests of the United States in the U.S. neighborhood.”

[vii] Panetta, Leon E. Shangri-La Security Dialogue. Speech Delivered by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Saturday, June 02, 2012 ( Accessed 2012 November 17.
[viii] Clinton, Hillary Rodham. “Remarks With Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr, Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith, and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.” November 14, 2012.  U.S. Department of State.  ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[ix] Xiauhui, Su. “The US Factor behind the Daioyu Islands Dispute.” Sep 24, 2012. China Institute of International Studies. ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[x] Saiki, Arnie “Sea lanes: TPP, Globalization and Empire” Imipono Projects. July 26, 2012 ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[xii] Hong’e Mo, ed. “Kerry statement exposes U.S. designs on South China Sea.” May 26, 2012. Xinhua News. ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[xiii] Blanchard, Ben and Olivia Rondonuwu. “US-China tension spills over into Asia summit.” Nov. 18. 2011. Reuters. ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[xiv] Bland, Ben. “Aseab curbs US regional security role” November 18, 2012. Financial Times. ( Accessed 2012 November 18.

[xv] Masangkay, May. “Japan takes stand in S. China Sea row.” Nov. 21, 2011 The Japan Times. ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[xvi] Torres, Ida. “No China-Japan-South Korea meeting at ASEAN Summit” November 14, 2012. The Japan Daily Press ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[xvii] Kelsey, Jane. “Some Implications of the TPPA Investment Chapter for Countries with no US FTAs.” Following Nafta rules, “the TPP investment text refers to direct and indirect ownership or control, which would significantly expand the scope of investor rights and enforcement in the region, making it much more difficult for governments to identify potential ecological risks or health risks and leave states more exposed to threatened or actual litigation.

[xviii] Wikipedia. List of countries by GDP (nominal). IMF ranking (2011). ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[xx] Mancheri, Nabeel A.. “China’s ‘Chequebook’ Diplomacy in Africa” August 17. 2012. Foreign Policy Journal. ( Accessed 2012 November 18.

[xxi] Sue, Ahmed. “Brics can build common currency.” April 8, 2011. China Daily ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[xxii] Kajimoto, Tetsushi. UPDATE 1- Japan, china to launch direct yen-yuan trade on June 1.  May 28, 2012. Reuters. ( Accessed 2012 November 17.

[xxiii] Campbell, Kurt M. Speech. “U.S. Policy in the Pacific Islands” Sepember 20, 2010. U.S. Department of State ( Accessed 2012 November 17.



Published in In Motion Magazine December 11, 2012

Arnie Saiki -- Coordinator of Moana Nui. Director of Imipono Projects.