4th Summit Between Abe, Modi: Why Japan and India Are Closer Than Ever

  From September 13 to 14, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be on official visit to India—in Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar, Gujarat—upon the invitation of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.   In this 4th annual summit between the two leaders, they will review the progress of their countries’ “Special Strategic and Global Partnership” and set further directions in […]

China’s Xi Jinping Goes to Party Congress After Embarrassing Doklam Retreat

    Until Doklam happened, from June 16 until August 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, appeared totally in control, getting his act together almost perfectly. Known to be calculatedly astute, Xi was playing his political cards wisely as he prepared to go into the much-anticipated 19th Chinese Communist […]

3 Ways the US, Japan, Should Handle China’s Island Building

  (1st of 3 Parts)   As China continues with its policy of expansionism in the region, combining military intimidation and economic inducements toward its neighbors, we publish in 3 parts an instructive interview by the Sankei Shimbun’s Washington bureau chief, Yoshinari Kurose with Dr. Toshi Yoshihara.   Yoshihara is a senior fellow at the Center for […]

Why the US Should Not Depend on China to Sanction North Korea

  One of United States President Donald Trump’s current international security objectives is the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear stockpile. In a recent series of talks at the G20 in Hamburg, Trump expended much energy on this subject, and stressed heavily that Chinese pressure on Pyongyang would be necessary to accomplish nuclear disarmament. However, his […]

South Korean President Looks to Missile-Playing Pyongyang to Jointly Probe Japan On WWII Labor Issue

The city buses in Seoul started carrying plastic replicas of the “comfort women” statues   On August 15th, as part of the National Liberation Day ceremony commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japanese control, President Moon Jae-in touched upon the issue of conscripted laborers, saying “the suffering continues of […]

Given, Trump is Appalling; Japan Should Help Shape US Policy on Asia

    Roughly four months into United States President Donald Trump’s government, the issues and challenges that confront it, in both domestic policy and foreign affairs, have become apparent.   On the domestic front, his attention-grabbing campaign pledges—such as limiting entry of Muslim immigrants into the country and building a wall along the Mexican border—have […]

Doklam Is Latest Target of China’s Policy of Redrawing Borders, Rewriting History

The tiny landlocked Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in South Asia is the latest victim of China’s burgeoning revisionism. China’s aggression in Bhutan demonstrates the PRC’s preference for combining military intimidation and stealth economic infiltration in redrawing borders and rewriting history.   Chinese domestic politics, including pressure on the central government to craft a strong Chinese […]