The US secretary of State's presence is meant to send a signal that Southeast Asia matters – and that the US is watching Chinese influence in the region.
Not just devoted eclipse-chasers but millions of others were able to view the longest solar eclipse of the century as it passed over Asia Wednesday.
Millions still need her. But her release should not be the focal point of US policy toward the junta.
Friday's terror attack in Jakarta puts the Al Qaeda-linked Indonesian militant group back in spotlight.
The first terrorist attack since 2005 targeted Jakarta's Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels.
Was this a triumph of international pressure? Or will the Kang Nam sail with another shipment soon?
Emerging economic superpowers China and India may compete here. What should be the US role?