U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns said that whether the United States can maintain its focus on Asia amid competing pressures in the international arena will be “the great challenge of our time."
At the official launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute, the former U.S. Secretary of State offers observations on matters as diverse as America's "pivot" to Asia, China's past and present leaders, and why he doesn't use social media.
Whether true or not, a U.S. rebalance toward the Asian region “was perceived first as a military type engagement to contain certain other countries in Asia that were growing,” said experts at Asia Society in New York on Tuesday.
In pictures: Afghanistan gears up for its third presidential election since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Incumbent Hamid Karzai, who has held office since 2004, will step down to make room for a new head of state.
Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, speaks about the Obama Administration’s efforts to “rebalance” American foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific region.
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