What Is the Most Pressing Issue the United States and Asia Must Face Together?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 16, 2009
President Obama and Secretary Clinton Attend ASEAN Meeting in Singapore

On November 12, President Obama began a 10-day trip to Asia, which includes visits to Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. In Tokyo, President Obama said, "We have to understand that the future of the United States and Asia is inextricably linked. The issues that matter most to our people...are all issues that have to be part of a joint agenda."What is the most pressing issue the United States and Asia must face together?

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Ron
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New York, USA
November 17, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Most Pressing US-ASIA Issue......

The most pressing issue is establishing sustainable energy in the context of our vulnerable Earth.

Joshua W.
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California, USA
November 18, 2009

Joshua in California writes:

Addressing climate change is the most pressing issue Asia and the United States can confront together.

With countries in Asia like China linking their efforts to address climate change inextricably to their efforts to lift millions out of poverty each year, the right solutions to the climate crisis could mean a more secure and more just world for this generation and those to come.

A global transition to a clean-energy economy is the perfect vehicle with which to deepen ties across the Pacific.

Tommaso
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District Of Columbia, USA
November 18, 2009

Tommaso in Washington, DC writes:

Will China and the U.S. commit to stabilizing carbon dioxide emissions in the next 5-10 years as demanded by physics (not politics)?

If they won't, then the most important issues they must face together are the imminent disappearance of coastal cities, the collapse of fisheries, severe fresh-water scarcity, and the swelling tide climate refugees.

Rose
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California, USA
November 18, 2009

Rose in California writes:

Climate Change!

Kyle
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Illinois, USA
November 18, 2009

Kyle in Illinois writes:

Lead the world in clean energy development and agree to a binding global climate deal.

Jeffrey A.
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Minnesota, USA
November 18, 2009

Jeffrey in Minnesota writes:

Without a doubt, it's climate change. Much of the rest of the world has spend the past few years blaming the failures to act on U.S. and Chinese intransigence, and excusing their own inaction by saying it's all meaningless if the U.S. and China don't do their parts.

This opens a tremendous opportunity for the U.S. and China to forge a pact right now to lead the world to a clean energy future. What a legacy that would be! Hopefully this partnership can begin this week during President Obama's trip, and become public at Copenhagen next month.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
November 18, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Human rights. Let's talkabout it in the context of priorities...

Where is enshrined the premis that future generations may live free from ethnic cleansing, conflict, dysfunctional authoritarian regimes that bankrupt sociciety's ability to focus on a framework for the survival of the species beyond climate change, nuclear proliferation and the threat of terrorism?

More importantly, where is the political will to create a living memorial to sanity?

The test here is whether mankind decides to make a nice idea manifest in actuality. It's not..."we can't do this alone."....so much as... "unless we all do this together, it won't get done."

(my way of respectfully suggesting the U.S. tweek its public diplomacy message a bit to create firmer realizations in the minds of the irreconcilable that the "whack-a-mole" approach to the war on terror has achieved a internationaly mandated policy shift to that of a "whack a weed" aproach....and have resourced the lawn mowers to be put to good use.)

The right to have something to eat....how many millions of kids are starving to death acording to the UN? 18 million or so?

Where is the love?

In thirty years, the world will have to produce 50% more food on the planet just to maintain the current non-acceptable levels of nutrition among populations.

A third of the planet is now at risk.

So folks might want to list survival as fundemental human right, and embrace the notion.

Mike
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California, USA
November 18, 2009

Mke in California writes:

Global warming is the most pressing issue facing the entire world. Leading the world's response to global warming should be the number one priority of the U.S. and Asia, specifically China. Together the US and China are responsible for some 40% of the world's carbon emissions. Together the U.S. and China can kickstart a global energy revolution, set an example of aggressively reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and lead the world to an ambitious and binding climate treaty in Copenhagen.

Adam
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United States
November 18, 2009

Adam in U.S. writes:

There is no question: it is uniting to find paths toward a clean energy future to enable prosperity for each of our nations while turning the tide on Global Warming's rising seas which threatens all of us with catastrophic consequences if we do not dramatically reduce our fossil fuel usage.

We can improve our economies, our health, and our future prospects via energy efficiency, clean energy, and forestration/forest protection. It is well past time to be doing this with serious intent -- as individual nations and as a global community.

paulina
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Vermont, USA
November 18, 2009

Paulina in Vermont writes:

The most pressing issue is:

Fully understanding the role of (1) creating markets for energy efficiency and other sustainable technology, including renewable energy; (2) urgently phasing out coal; and (3) not pursuing unconventional fossil fuels, in the transition to a more secure global climate and economy, and to a healthier and more just future.

All policy decisions, at pretty much every level, need to be accountable to this understanding.

Thanks.

Joe
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Tennessee, USA
November 18, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

One word: China

Laurie B.
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District Of Columbia, USA
November 19, 2009

Laurie B. in Washington, DC writes:

Since I started college, the one topic I hear about most is the issue of globalization. There is the dicussion about how every country is now tied together is some way, and any action taken by one country has a strong possiblity of affecting another country. When the financial crisis hit America, it was clear to see how interconnected we all were. Our financial system was in crisis and the rest of the world soon followed. We all had to work together to figure out a way to keep our economies from collapsing.

From all of the recent events, starting with the financial crisis, to the G20 summits, to the possibilities of discussions at Copenhagen next month, there can be no doubt of the necessity for America to work with Asia; to put aside our suspicions of one another, to put aside our competitive attitudes, and find a way to work along side one another.

The number one issue for America and Asia is to further establish the precedent, we can come together and create solutions that will have a real impact in our world. While we may compete in a global economy, when it comes to global issues such as: climate change, world hunger, defending human rights,etc., we must find a way to make a difference together.

Flavius
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Virginia, USA
November 19, 2009

Flavius in Virginia writes:

Irving Berlin said it best: "Let's face the music and dance!"

Marvin
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Philippines
November 20, 2009

Marvin in the Philippines writes:

What is the most pressing issue the United States and Asia must face together?

FINDING NEW WAYS OR ALTERNATIVES IN GENERATING ECO-FRIENDLY ENERGY GENERATION. THIS WILL HELF PREVENT ANY DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING AS WELL AS THE CLIMATE CHANGE.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
November 20, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Flavius in Virginia,

Thanks for that. Sums it all up up nicely...

Joe
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Tennessee, USA
November 20, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

I have another word: Gullibility

Susan
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Florida, USA
November 20, 2009

Susan in Florida writes:

I can not disagree with the many posts that state that we must face, and deal with, fossil fuel emissions and the threat of global warming. It is a shame that we did not do this in the 1970's when it was VERY evident, even then, where it would take us. Have we changed enough as a nation, as a world, to now finally do something? Back in the '70's President Carter was made fun of for wearing his sweater on national television, and for asking us, as a nation, to make sacrifices. Are we finally ready to do this?! All talk and no action/sacrifice will accomplish nothing. If we are asking it of the rest of the world we better be willing to lead the way. To bad we didn't listen in the '70's. I would also like to say that I think Eric in NM has a very good point. Human rights should also be a number one priority. Let's hope we can make progress in both areas of concern.

Ron
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New York, USA
November 20, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Another pressing issue....

CORRUPTION....for US and Asia (ASEAN), the lure of mega-corrupt deals in the name of "Greening the Planet" may prove more damaging than failing to address Climate Security....The impact of CORRUPTION is far more harmful to Human Rights, than any Carbon Footprint.

Clayton F.
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District Of Columbia, USA
November 21, 2009

Clayton F. in Washington, DC writes:

Reading though the responses that have been provided I detect a strong level of discontent for the current actions being taken by the governments of China and the United States in regards to environmental affairs. I agree that maintaining the environment so that future generations can still inhabit the planet is necessary, however believing this is the most important issue that will be dealt with by the two societies is shortsighted. It easily can be seen that without adequate funding neither government would be able to organize any actions outside of simple survival.

It is my belief that the most important issue to be addressed is the maintenance of economic stability, if these nations continue to be run without sound economic principles based on logical foresight, all further causes will suffer. The idea of globalism was also thrown into this equation, namely that markets are now open to other buyers and sellers who never before had the ability to trade. These introductions were made possible through technological advancements that seem to make the world a smaller place. The operation of economic activity between these nations is only possible when there is confidence between the trading entities. The security of their trading partners becomes their own security, as goods transit between monetary forms.

The recent economical failures have shown that such a failure can have consequences outside of the area of direct effect. Specifically, if a nation begins to fail in economic trade, it is far more likely they will be unwilling to pay for environmentally friendly, but expensive actions. Instead a sound long term economic policy would forge the way to protect the economics of both sectors, and provide stabilization to a market currently on shaky ground.

When the markets and businesses are successful, it leads to more money becoming available for other projects, such as cleaning up the environment and limiting the need for foreign oil. It would appear that the backbone of international relations is economic policy, job development and market dynamics; it would then appear that these are the only issues that should be of concern between the two. All other discussions allow only for outlines to be drawn and ideas to be exchanged, hard and fast economically sound ideals lead to the betterment of world trade, which would better the lives of all citizens.

palgye
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South Korea
November 22, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Says and "no" Asia and listening the answer which is "yes", wants the United States which (during that time the market which the United States to become the motive power of Asia development is enormous, Difference of the viewpoint where the position difference occurs, the law department principle is sour first of all the sacrifice of the individual and but with advanced nation more attaches importance yet more in human relation and demands Asia which exacts.

Like Europe the currency which the area is independent(But many part secret and the nations of Asia only will not be able to recognize the black market oneself, about will split about the property which collects with support of the foreign nation and believes and already paid, when a vulnerability about the industry which the finance department section advances yet together at altitude Asia and attacks, economic structure dangerously becomes the advanced nations which know the fact that wears out. But world economy the big axis and production and consumption leads and the Asian countries of the most which does the duty from world-wide serve market. And, respects recovery from certainly the potential demand of the less developed country which has the latent consuming market which is explosive is necessary and the middle classes leans against but produces, "the consuming market nation". Is unstable and holds the contradiction which is considerable theoretically, all will hang in the identity which is a nation which overcomes these all conditions the national characters which invests.) and the Asia bay is unique to want culture and standard does and centralization and the individual understands the historical tradition which Asia which does in the center which the nation will call 1000 goes over, being free in the government, and Western democracy the citizens of Asia which experiences.

The theory of the economists says that double-dip possibilities are big. Theoretically there is which degree propriety, but - until now the pump priming which leads the funds which is enormous the government possesses almost was most, but recently the enterprises during that time lead a merger and a structural reform, or, (now vice-when does not do to do), niche market they lead, they commit make a job, funds and the demand which is latent in the market which is new specially the foot, Niche market leads and commits makes is latent in specially new market the demand which excavates funds and a job, and (the green technique becomes grafting and uses a new energy source) in the simple example - China and humanity, Indonesia and Africa with newly rising market, the Asian country of others a little to loosen an exit strategy, when endeavors to the material and domestic demand recovery,.

With decrement of demand the economic crisis where phone call excessive occurs anyone is knowing and, who is to come out and thinks that about builds the plan of preparation now becomes the problem in doubt point. Anyone knows, but.

The government the material of the citizens - provides the quarters with gratuitousness groove [su] [ten] - to provide the index of economy, the enterprise investment to under about under keeps up a condition the motion which is burnt but,

Advanced nation Asia recognizes a peculiar economic structure in law department principle and, official, the difference to the inconvenience that cannot say there is, sees. The theory application will be possible and the relationship with the market which is opened to the public and the people the law all will hang from high position and governs must recognize the difference of the market which and in the citizens whom will hang the problem point must persuade. The economic crisis recently more hour when is necessary to the process of area supremacy and maturity for a while must have an interest recognizes a difference in recovery and (recognizes) to demand the political reform which is progressive, in order to fix a economic structure in recovery, induces to will not be the method which recovers?

Long history and Asia where the many cultural custom exists thinks the place where the pride is strong. Culture and with one direction provides the sense of satisfaction which is mental and like advances to will be how?

thank you.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
November 22, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

"The question is not whether we can end hunger, it's whether we will." -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

At risk of agreeing with the Secretary, please allow me to repeat a somwhat nuanced aspect of reality;

"....(More importantly, where is the political will to create a living memorial to sanity?

The test here is whether mankind decides to make a nice idea manifest in actuality. It's not..."we can't do this alone."....so much as... "unless we all do this together, it won't get done.")"

This will become more self evident as the years roll on.

Joanna
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Virginia, USA
November 23, 2009

Joanna in Virginia writes:

Asian countries continue to use and need more and more of the resources that the United States once dominated. Thus, I believe that the most pressing issue the United States and Asia must face together is the sharing of these world resources in a way that shows awareness for the effects of their consumption on other nations. It would be easy for the United States and Asian nations to compete mercilessly for these resources, neglecting the fates of less powerful nations. However, both must work together to ensure that the other remains conscious of their actions.

This will be difficult for both. It will be difficult for the United States because, for the first time, it is being expected to share the resources of which it was once the biggest consumer. It will be difficult for Asian countries because there will be an urge play "catch-up" as they continue to develop.

The bottom line is that both will need to compromise. Both will need to give a little as they take more and more.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
November 23, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Welcome to the blog Clayton, I can only speak for myself in regards to this, but it's all relative to how you define "environmental affairs".

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Clayton F. in Washington, DC writes:

"Reading though the responses that have been provided I detect a strong level of discontent for the current actions being taken by the governments of China and the United States in regards to environmental affairs."....(Cont)

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There are many environmental factors, climate is just one.

The political environment for one.

The security environment is another...and yes, so is the economic environment a factor in all we call to question; as a logical result of an unsatisfactory status quo and the public's certain knowledge ( on a global level) that governments ( and all governments know their history, whether they'll admit to it or not), have made unwise investments in political, ideological, economic and military agenda that has given humanity this fine mess to contend with in the first place.

It is definately their job to fix all of it, and it's a long time coming.

A BLT minus the bacon is what? A hurting sandwich, looking for validity.

You can't take out all the essential ingredients that keep positive multilateral/bilateral relations, leaving only the economic,....and expect to have your full flavored cup of tea my friend.

These parameters are mutually interactive, and not given to monochromatic means of delivery toward the common good when we naturally interact within the full spectrum of the human condition.

Food for thought.

Lauren
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Indiana, USA
November 23, 2009

Lauren in Indiana writes:

Without a doubt, global climate change is the most pressing issue that the U.S. and Asia must face together. The U.S. and China, in particular, as two of the world's largest producers and carbon emitters, are in a unique position to influence and repair the broken systems that contribute to environmental woes. Going forward, they must set a good example for the rest of the world -- particularly for developing nations, who have not yet made some of the same mistakes that industrialized nations have, in how they conduct business.

Dramatic and cooperative steps need to be taken by both countries if we have any hope of reducing carbon emissions. The U.S. cannot expect others to make sweeping changes in environmental policy if it is not willing to do so. It is going to take a mutual effort -- shared for the most part between the largest world economies -- before we see any movement in the right direction.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
November 24, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

It certainly is NOT climate change as the scientist just reported they over reacted. Hasn't anyone figured out by now people do NOT control the weather, God does! The only reason why Climate Change and Global Warming came about so certain investors who have a financial interest in companies that go green make money. It was all about business as usual NOT about saving mother earth as everyone thought.

The biggest challenge we all face is when you have China growing and growing, our Nation should ensure they pay them back sooner than later. They have over a billion people, the energy consumption alone the Chinese use today will dictate the outcome of what happens in the future when it comes to war in the Middle East. The biggest concern should be for our Nation to find ways to deal with the uprising concerns of big China. The year 2012 keeps coming up, many predictions already made, "Year of the Dragon" prophecies mentioned if the waters dry up in Iraq, the prediction is the Chinese will invade. After hearing what Ron mentioned about the corruption in Afghanistan with the Chinese that will be small potatoes in comparison.

Which means the United States needs to find its backbone, place trade taxes on goods coming in from China and above all, pay them back the trillions of dollars we owe that country. World Wars with Japan and Germany was fought over trade wars, so don't think for one second that China wouldn't fight for energy or to have the power and gain our lands. There was an old joke relating to China, it went like this, "If China could build a bridge between USA and China and moved it's people across with weapons, we in the United States would have a very bad day" think about it.

Should we respect the Chinese? We should have equal respect for all Nations on earth. When I heard that President Barack Obama said, "China is our closet Ally"? Where were the Chinese in World War one, two, Vietnam? Or even in Afghanistan or Iraq? The only reason President Barack Obama mentioned it was because he continues to BOW and Borrow from them? Isn't time we stop bowing to Nations and stand on our own two feet God gave us? I admire President Barack Obama's intensions but disagree that we should continue borrowing, when we should be paying back and if the word "Change doesn't happen as he used so many times during his campaign, start looking for the stakes to get higher and eventually like gambling the debt will have to paid in full. What happens if someone goes to Nevada plays in the casino and loses?

This is the age of computers, technology and internet, instead of throwing money and power to countries, start using what President Barack Obama mentioned, video teleconferencing is still far cheaper then having political parties in Europe and spending money faster than this country can make it. If your about saving money, prove it, because you can't tax your way out of a defecit.

Goodluck and Godspeed everyone!

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
November 24, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Donald in Viginia,

Re: "There was an old joke relating to China, it went like this, "If China could build a bridge between USA and China and moved it's people across with weapons, we in the United States would have a very bad day" think about it."

OK, I have. When the next ice age comes, and the land bridge reappears where Bering strait is today, then I can be worried...(chuckle).

2012 is a convienient way to worry yourself to death on a personal level, taking the joy out of life as it were...the more the world worries about it, the more it will potentially become a self-fullfilling phrophesy.

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