Negotiated Compromise with North Korea is Better than Status Quo
Security,East Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Mar 2017

Negotiated Compromise with North Korea is Better than Status Quo

If negotiations resulted in a “freeze” in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and a lowering of the risk of war, South Korea and Japan would probably be better off than living under constant threat. To obtain this concession from North Korea, the US would have to make genuine compromises.  
South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies
Security,East Asia

By Ioannis Tellidis and Buhm-Suk Baek - 27 Mar 2017

South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies

Cracks in China-North Korea Friendship as Nuclear Tension Rises
Security,East Asia

By Wei Luo - 27 Mar 2017

Cracks in China-North Korea Friendship as Nuclear Tension Rises

How to Solve Northeast Asia’s Security Dilemma
Security,East Asia

How to Solve Northeast Asia’s Security Dilemma

The preference for relative gain in security cooperation, the deep-rooted animosity, and the damping effect of multilateral security cooperation mechanisms, have all contributed to the security dilemma in Northeast Asia.
By Nian Peng - 24 Mar 2017 | 1 comments Read more...
Taiwan and the February 28 Incident: Piecing the Facts Together
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan and the February 28 Incident: Piecing the Facts Together

The flashpoint erupted on February 27, 1947 in Taipei, when a dispute developed between an unlicensed cigarette vendor and a Tobacco and Alcohol Monopoly Bureau officer. Violence flared the following morning on February 28 and resulted in a suppression by the government.  
Trump’s Decision to Honor the One-China Policy: How Best to Explain It?
Politics,China,East Asia

Trump’s Decision to Honor the One-China Policy: How Best to Explain It?

It may be that Trump’s tête-à-tête with Xi was more important than simply the two leaders resolving the one-China issue. It included the two leaders inviting each other to visit their country. It seemed to represent détente following more than a month of hostile exchanges.
Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing
Politics,Society,East Asia

Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing

Why did Shinzo Abe not follow the footsteps of then-German Chancellor Willy Brandt who unexpectedly fell to his knees towards the victims of the April 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and remained there for more than a minute?
Japan is Puzzled by President Trump
Economy,East Asia

Japan is Puzzled by President Trump

At a meeting with CEOs of major American corporations, US President Donald Trump complained that it was unfair that American cars could not enter the Japanese market while over a million Japanese cars are shipped to the US every year. Both Japanese government officials and automakers were puzzled by his criticism.  
By Yuqing Xing - 23 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Harmonious Dimension of the One-China Principle
Politics,China,East Asia

The Harmonious Dimension of the One-China Principle

Facing the dilemma of having to handle “two Chinas,” “One China, One Taiwan” or “Taiwan independence,” Beijing’s One-China principle appeared a few months before the signing of a mutual defense treaty between Washington and Taipei in December 1954.  
Time for Asia-Pacific Middle Powers to Do More for Regional Security?
Security,East Asia

Time for Asia-Pacific Middle Powers to Do More for Regional Security?

South Korea and Australia, being established middle powers and allies of the US, are facing the challenge of the changing nature of the cordial relationship with the Washington. Unlike the smaller players, they are in a position to take a more active role in shaping the regional order.
By Huong Le Thu - 21 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Assassination of Kim Jong Nam: An Opportunity for the International Community to Work Together
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

The Assassination of Kim Jong Nam: An Opportunity for the International Community to Work Together

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam was apparently assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by female assassins. This presents a chance for the international community to work together to prevent transnational assassinations and murders.
By Tai Wei Lim - 17 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Will De-Sinification in Taiwan Succeed?
Politics,East Asia

Will De-Sinification in Taiwan Succeed?

A gradual process of asserting things non-Chinese started when a greater sense of Taiwanese-ness emerged under Lee Teng-hui after the March 1996 presidential election. When opposition candidate Chen Shui-bian became president in May 2000, the push for de-Sinification got into full swing.  
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