As President Obama heads to Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos this week and next, intent on reversing China’s drive to tighten its grasp on Southeast Asia, he is exercising an uncannily Asian-style diplomacy.
By moving calmly into China’s backyard, without threats or in-your-face muscularity, he is proving himself adept at playing by Asian rules. How subtle of him. And smart.
The United States entered this game in 2010, with visits by Mr. Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Indonesia, his boyhood home and the world’s most populous Muslim country. More recently, by meeting in the Oval Office with Myanmar’s premier political dissident, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Mr.… Seguir leyendo »