Japan has common interests with China in stopping nuclear proliferation in Northeast Asia. The H-bomb test may then end up as a common rallying point that can bring Japan, China, and South Korea together facing a common threat.
Japan’s forward bend towards China’s BRI will provide an impetus to Asia’s much needed infrastructure build-up. Asia has a large infrastructure need which is essential for the economic growth of Asian countries and which is significant for their global competitiveness.
Dai Li served under Chiang Kai-shek as the spymaster of the Republic of China. Had Dai not died in a plane crash in March 1946, would he be able to assist Chiang to defeat the Communist Party of China in the Chinese civil war?
Sino-Japanese relations have been deteriorating since the outbreak of the territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in September 2012. Today, although the worst seems to be over, the bilateral relationship remains deadlocked.
An article by James Holmes of the US Naval War College in The National Interest made several false allegations regarding China’s actions and ascribed nefarious motives to its declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea.
The show by the Trump administration is run by a youngster who rose to power through nepotism just like his North Korean counterpart. Jarod Kushner and Kim Jung Un share one common feature that he had criticized Kim of: Unqualified to conduct foreign policy.
Most such encounters are not unintentional or even unexpected. If the US persists in provocative actions despite China’s repeated requests to cease and desist, it must expect to be challenged. And if Japan continues to flaunt its control of the Senkakus, it too invites such challenges.
It is worth revisiting the Chen Shui-bian era to examine the cross-strait dynamics and the initial economic and trade conditions that existed at the outset of his presidency that, more than anything else, informed policy direction.