China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong

By Alexander Korolev A comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Russia is something that has not been taken seriously in the post-Cold War Western academic and “think tank” communities. While it was implicitly recognised that a potential alignment between the two Eurasian great powers may have tremendous geopolitical ramifications and the potential to transform the … Continue reading China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong

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North Korean missile launch fails – US military says

By Ju-min Park SEOUL  - A North Korean missile launch failed on Wednesday, with the rocket exploding within seconds, the US military said, the latest in a series of North Korean weapons tests to rattle its neighbours and raise tension in the region. South Korea said the apparent test launch of one missile by nuclear-capable … Continue reading North Korean missile launch fails – US military says

Timeline: South Korea’s impeached President Park Geun-hye

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye appeared before prosecutors on Tuesday to face questioning as a criminal suspect in a corruption investigation that has cost her the presidency. Park, 65, becomes the country's first democratically elected leader to be ousted from office, when, on March 10, the Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote. A … Continue reading Timeline: South Korea’s impeached President Park Geun-hye

ASEAN Has Central Role in East Asia Diplomacy

By Tai Wei Lim Diplomacy is based on national interests. Countries articulate their interests in accordance with national interests and the norms and legal principles of international diplomacy. ASEAN is located in the region where the US and China have articulated their national interests. China has announced that it wants to build connectivity with other … Continue reading ASEAN Has Central Role in East Asia Diplomacy

US sends drones, assassination squad to South Korea

By Peter Symonds The Trump administration has further exacerbated the extremely tense standoff on the Korean Peninsula by dispatching attack drones to South Korea and sending special forces units to participate in massive war games already underway. The military build-up takes place as the White House considers launching strikes on North Korean nuclear and military … Continue reading US sends drones, assassination squad to South Korea

Why the US-China Contest for the South China Sea Is So Dangerous

By Mark J. Valencia A fascinating public debate between Kurt Campbell — the originator and architect of the US pivot to Asia — and Australian strategic thinker Hugh White makes clear that the South China Sea has become the cockpit of US-China competition for domination of Asia. The outcome of this competition may determine whose and what … Continue reading Why the US-China Contest for the South China Sea Is So Dangerous

China vows to strike against separatism on Tibet uprising anniversary

China said it would "resolutely strike" against the "Dalai Lama clique's separatist activities" as protesters planned demonstrations in major world cities on Friday to mark the anniversary of a Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. The sensitive anniversary coincided with the yearly news conference of Tibet's delegation to China's annual meeting of parliament, under … Continue reading China vows to strike against separatism on Tibet uprising anniversary

By Ju-min Park and Kaori Kaneko  SEOUL/TOKYO: North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan's northwest coast early on Monday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after the reclusive state promised retaliation over US-South Korea military drills it sees as a preparation for war. South Korea's military said the missiles were unlikely to have been … Continue reading

China paper says US, South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for planned missile system

The United States and South Korea are destined to "pay the price" for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defense system which will inevitably prompt a "counter attack", China's top newspaper said on Saturday. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high this year, beginning with North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January, which … Continue reading China paper says US, South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for planned missile system

Nuclear theatre: the North Korean show

It is a performance where few are laughing.  The DPRK has demonstrated again why it remains by far the most theatrically foolish yet prescient of powers.  Held hostage by the plump boyish leader, Kim Jung-un the nuclear program of that benighted state has been doing more than just stuttering along. It seems to be positively … Continue reading Nuclear theatre: the North Korean show

China says opposes ‘unhelpful’ unilateral North Korea sanctions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart that China would oppose "unhelpful" unilateral sanctions on North Korea but would work within the United Nations to formulate a necessary response to its fifth nuclear test. China has expressed anger with North Korea for its largest nuclear test to date last week, but has not … Continue reading China says opposes ‘unhelpful’ unilateral North Korea sanctions

U.S. bombers fly over South Korea in show of force after nuclear test

Two US B-1 bombers flew over South Korea on Tuesday in a show of force and solidarity with its ally after North Korea's nuclear test last week, while a US envoy called for a swift and strong response to Pyongyang from the United Nations. Speaking in the South Korean capital on Tuesday, Sung Kim, the … Continue reading U.S. bombers fly over South Korea in show of force after nuclear test

N.Korea always prepared for fresh nuclear test at any time – S.Korea

Seoul, - North Korea is always ready for an additional nuclear test at any time, South Korea's defence ministry said on Monday. "North Korea has a tunnel where it can conduct an additional nuclear test," Moon Sang-gyun, a spokesman at the South Korean defence ministry, told a news briefing. South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported … Continue reading N.Korea always prepared for fresh nuclear test at any time – S.Korea

Why North Korea’s nuclear weapons program matters?

by Matthew Pennington Pariah state North Korea could soon be capable of targeting America with nuclear weapons. Economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation have failed to halt its progress. What can Washington do to stop the authoritarian government from building up a nuclear arsenal that threatens the United States and its allies in Asia? Donald Trump … Continue reading Why North Korea’s nuclear weapons program matters?

America can’t turn its back on Asia

By Yoichi Funabashi and Chung Min Lee As the world watches the US presidential election with bewilderment and unease, America’s allies in Asia are particularly concerned about the possibility of US disengagement from the region. In Japan and South Korea — America’s most important allies in the Asia-Pacific — the rise of Donald Trump, along … Continue reading America can’t turn its back on Asia

Japan Abey likely to pick hawkish ally Inada as defence minister

By Reuters TOKYO  - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely pick ruling party policy chief Tomomi Inada as defence minister in a new cabinet, the Asahi newspaper said on Tuesday, which could upset China and South Korea given her conservative views on wartime history.Abe is set to reshuffle his cabinet on Wednesday, retaining several … Continue reading Japan Abey likely to pick hawkish ally Inada as defence minister

North Korean diplomat expected to attend forum with US envoy in China

SEOUL - A North Korean diplomat who was part of "six-party talks" aimed at ending the country's nuclear programme arrived in China on Monday where she is expected to attend a forum in which the US nuclear envoy will take part, Japan's Kyodo news agency said. If the diplomat does take part, it would be … Continue reading North Korean diplomat expected to attend forum with US envoy in China

4ooo Hong Kong protesters voice against China on booksellers detentions

HONG KONG - Over 4,000 people marched in Hong Kong on Saturday to protest against China's detention of five booksellers whose shop published gossipy books about Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping. The demonstration followed a march by 100 activists to China's liaison office on Friday to protest against what they called the "cross-border abductions". They … Continue reading 4ooo Hong Kong protesters voice against China on booksellers detentions

North Korean leader Kim says will not use nuclear arms unless threatened

PYONGYANG - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country would not use nuclear weapons unless its sovereignty is infringed by others with nuclear arms, and was willing to normalise ties with states that had been hostile towards it, state media said on Sunday. Isolated North Korea has made similar statements in the past, … Continue reading North Korean leader Kim says will not use nuclear arms unless threatened

Sino-Taiwanese bonhomie

Ayaz Ahmed Chinese President Xi Jinping took the bold decision to meet his Taiwanese counterpart, Ma Ying-jeou, at Singapore on November 7, 2015 to assure the disgruntled Taiwanese that the Chinese think of them as brothers. Astonishingly, this was the first serious meeting between China and Taiwan in 66 years, once the mighty Communists under … Continue reading Sino-Taiwanese bonhomie