China’s Artificial Islands ‘Not Territories’ — Former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou

  In an exclusive interview with Sankei Shimbun Newspaper in Taipei on July 13th, former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou criticized the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (Hague, Netherlands) regarding the South China Sea territorial dispute.   He cited reasons, such as the non-recognition of Taiwan as a party involved in the conflict. “The […]

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan to Perform Bach in Kobe and Tokyo

Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan ⓒteamMIURA       Organist, harpsichordist, and conductor Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan ensemble are set to finish recording the complete choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach.   It will be the first time for Bach’s complete choral works—over 220 works—to be recorded by a single group.   […]

How India Should Respond to the Doklam Standoff

  China’s aggressive posturing in the ongoing Doklam plateau stand-off has clearly laid bare its claims of “peaceful rise,” which has been one of the oft-touted phrases coming out of Beijing’s foreign policy establishment.   The recent Doklam incident (which also involves Bhutan), where Chinese and Indian forces are locked in an eyeball-to-eyeball stand-off, can […]

Osaka Authorities Investigate Smuggling of Gold Bullion Via Vanilla Air Flight From Taipei

    Several kilograms of gold bullion were found in two toilets on a Vanilla Air low-cost carrier flight from Taipei bound for Kansai International Airport on Sunday, July 9th, Sankei Shimbun Newspaper learned.   Authorities, including Osaka Customs, are investigating the possibility that a smuggling ring may have been behind the attempt to smuggle […]