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PacNet #22 – Renewed American Diplomacy: Keeping Southeast Asia on the U.S. radar screen

For those who have been wondering what the second Bush administration has in store for Southeast Asia, Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick’s recent eight-day visit to the region was encouraging. Above all, it was a significant display of the kind of diplomacy that too many have ceased to expect from the United States after President Bush’s first term. Following Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visits to Northeast and South Asia in March, the deputy secretary’s visit reassured Southeast Asia that it remains on Washington’s radar screen. Symbolically, Zoellick observed the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Asian theater, at Corrigedor in the Philippines.