From left: Chinese PM Li Keqiang, Myanmar president Thein Sein, US president Barack Obama, Malaysian PM Najib Razak and Russia Federation PM Dmitry Medvedev at the Asean summit. photograph: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo

Competition between China and the United States for regional influence in Asia is one of the big geopolitical stories and is set to remain so.Against (...)

Under the Obama administration, US policy has rebalanced or pivoted towards Asia.

This week’s failure by the European Council to appoint a new high representative for the European Union’s foreign and security policies was partly cau(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks to the media during a  news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday. On his trip to Asia he has had to has had to soothe fears in the region about Washington’s ongoing fiscal impasse. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to put increased pressure on Southeast Asian leaders and China to discuss South China Sea territorial dis(...)