Assisting American Business in Asia

An in-depth interview with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, Craig Allen. Hosted for Hawaii statewide television by David Day, this program explores the role of the the U.S. Department of Commerce in facilitating American business in Asian markets.

The show covers the significance of exports, initiatives for tourism, special business opportunities that are coming, the significance of the U.S. Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and its impact upon the U.S. and Hawaii, in particular. Interestingly, the conversation also turns to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and special issues involving trade between the U.S. and China.

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“Mediating in Zones of Terror” – Part 2: Following the Cold War and 9/11, the Destabilizing Efforts of China in the Region

In Part 2 of this Hawaii television show,  David Day again interviews the successful international peace mediator between the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the U.S. Military, and both the radical and moderate Muslim groups in the Southern Islands of the Philippines, Mr. Al Santoli.

Mr. Santoli is the CEO of Asia America Initiative, a non-profit NGO headquartered in Washington D. C. but which now boasts over 1000 volunteers in the Philippines.

 

In this Episode 2 of a 2-part series, Mr. Al Santoli, describes the component pieces or building blocks of his own fascinating experiences from the Vietnam war to broader challenges in  Southeast Asia to Afghanistan–all working with tribal peoples during the Cold War. He describes the recent historical roots of terrorism over the past few decades that the United States has had to deal with. These experiences and building blocks have been integral in the development of the unique, multi-generational counter-insurgency strategy that his foundation is now successfully conducting in the radical Muslim islands of the Southern Philippines.

The conversation also includes a stunning disclosure of the destabilizing efforts of China in these southern islands, including potential economic warfare.

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“Mediating in Zones of Terror” – Part 1: The Early Building blocks – Vietnam through the Cold War

In this unusual television program broadcast in Hawaii, David Day interviews the successful international peace mediator between the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the U.S. Military, and both the radical and moderate Muslim groups in the Southern Islands of the Philippines, Mr. Al Santoli.

Mr. Santoli is the CEO of Asia America Initiative, a non-profit NGO headquartered in Washington D. C. but which now boasts over 1000 volunteers in the Philippines.

In this Episode 1 of a 2-part series, Mr. Al Santoli, describes the component pieces or building blocks of his own fascinating experiences that have been integral in the development of the unique, multi-generational counter-insurgency strategy that his foundation is now successfully conducting in the radical Muslim islands of the Southern Philippines.

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APEC 2011: What Was Accomplished? The Backstory.

In this special “Asia in Review” televised radio Broadcast, Hawaii television and radio host David Day is joined by special guests John Holman, the Senior U.S. Commercial Officer for Hawaii and the Pacific Islands and former APEC Ambassador Lauren Moriarity.

 

The program focuses on the accomplishments that the Hawaii APEC conference achieved from the perspective of business, but which most of the media missed entirely. This is the real backstory.

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Exploring Vietnam & Impacting Hawaii Students

Join “Asia in Review” television host and commentator David Day in this heart-warming program uncovering the new life directions of 2 Hawaii students occasioned by a trip that they made to Vietnam sponsored by the Hawaii NGO, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council.

 

The program aired in Hawaii and features Natasha Schultz, the high school program coordinator for PAAC, and students Brittaney Moorehead and Sierra Calihan.

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The Taiwan Success Story

In this televised, “Asia in Review” Broadcast, David Day engages Taiwan expert Prof. William Sharp in a lively discussion about Taiwan’s historic background, democratic institutions and structure, strategic challenges with China (including the South China Sea dispute), and its delicate relationship with the United States.

Bill Sharp and David Day on “The Taiwan Success Story”

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Yet Another China Foreign Policy Stumble: The South China Sea

China has had a number of foreign policy gaffes over the past couple of years and its very recent attempt at imposing a fishing ban in the South China Sea (known to the Vietnamese as the “East Sea”) is yet another stumble.  Attempting to protect and encourage the replenishment of fishing stock during the spawning season, China announced on May 11, 2011 a fishing ban to run from May 16 through August 1 over an area hotly contested by several South East Asia countries, most notably by Vietnam.

While replenishing the fishing stock may well be a noble ideal, China’s unilateral action is guaranteed to gin up a firey defiance by the Vietnamese, with fishermen ignoring the ban, boat seizures and violent confrontations– all too predictable.

Vietnam has a 1000 mile coastline to protect and its Eastern Sea is an essential part of its defense perimeter that it has, and will continue to jealously protect. China knows this all too well– given its historical battles and scrapes with Vietnam in these same waters over the millennia.

China’s unilateral muscle-flexing in the South China Sea is hardly simply to protect the  fishing stock which Vietnam’s marine industry depends upon. China had to know full well that its fishing ban would necessarily force a response from Vietnam  and give the PRC an opportunity to reinforce its imprimatur over the disputed waters.

For Vietnam, the Eastern Sea is its “line in the sand.”  Vietnamese public opinion will not stand for any moves by China to nip bites out of Vietnamese waters. China knows this but its policymakers blundered ahead anyway.

Defiance by little colorful Vietnamese fishing boats is one thing. China did not anticipate, however, the announcement by the Vietnamese Navy that it now intends to conduct live firing exercises off of Vietnam’s central coast directly into waters affected by the fishing ban.

Such are the perils of unilateralism–especially when you have a little sleeping tiger to the south.

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