US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (L) and Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, at the end of their joint press conference, Tokyo, June 1, 2023 (Franck Robichon/AP)

I joined Monocle Radio’s Emma Nelson on Friday morning to discuss latest developments from the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore to the floor of the US Senate in Washington.

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I begin with the Dialogue, taking the analysis beyond the headlines about US-China tensions to consider the regional and global dynamics involving other countries. I look at Beijing’s development of an alternative economic system; its refusal of bilateral talks with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Singapore; and how its relations from Europe to its Asian backyard reshape political and military positions.

After thoughts on China distancing itself from Russia over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, it’s over to Washington where a combination of the Biden Administration’s maneuvers and pragmatic rather than fire-breathing Republicans have averted a crisis over the US debt limit.