Behind Xi Jinping ‘Smiling Diplomacy’ Is a Strategy to Stop the Revision of Japan’s Constitution

  On his trip to Da Nang in central Vietnam, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the evening of November 11th, with both leaders vowing to further improve relations between their countries. The Prime Minister called for China to play a greater role in efforts to exert maximum pressure on North […]

Can China Force North Korea’s Nuclear Disarmament?

  In the sense that no war has occurred amongst major military powers from the time of the Cold War, the last 70-plus years arguably was a period of relative peace—something rather unusual in history. This peace was based on a paradox, however, with the immensely destructive power of nuclear weapons functioning as the ultimate deterrence to large-scale conflict. At the […]

Trump Rekindles the Hope of Abductees’ Return

  At a joint press conference on Monday, November 6th, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States President Donald Trump described the relationship between the two countries as something beyond an alliance, rather they called it a “bond.”   In part, this was forged during their meeting, just before the leaders faced the press, with the […]

Trump’s Asian Tour: Role of Japan’s Abe is to Drive a Wedge into US-China Agreement

President Donald Trump salutes during a welcome ceremony at U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Aiea, Hawaii. Trump begins a 5 country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippians. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)     In his long speech during the recent 19th National Congress of the […]

Editorial: Time For A Hardline Approach to Diplomacy With China

  We must prepare to be increasingly vigilant and undertake a hardline approach to diplomacy, commensurate with an abnormally centralized power and the destruction of the international order.   With the close of the 19th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the elected party leadership has consolidated the rule of Chinese President Xi […]

India’s Northeastern Region Gets Attention for Japanese Cooperation

  The recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to India will be remembered for many things, especially the attention given to Japan-India cooperation in the infrastructure sector. They launched projects, like the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor and the focus on the AAGC (Asia-Africa Growth Corridor).   However, there is another part of India that […]

Shakeup in Kim Jong-un’s Party Indicates Pyongyang’s Internal Crisis

  On October 10, the anniversary of the Korea Workers’ Party (KWP), North Korea did not make further military provocations, including additional missile and/or nuclear tests. Given the persistent desire of Kim Jong-un to possess nuclear-equipped missiles that can reach the United States mainland, however, US-North Korea military tensions are destined to remain high. That […]

If Japan Doesn’t Go Nuclear, What Are the Options?

  North Korea’s advances in its nuclear and ballistic missile program has drastically altered the security environment confronted by Japan.   Further, Japan is facing the reality that the longstanding post-World War II national defense policy of senshu bouei (strictly defensive only) is becoming irrelevant and obsolete for dealing with the current crisis.   First, […]

In Reviewing US China Policy, Consider Taiwan

  As United States President Donald Trump prepares for his first trip to China in November, senior US officials actively consult with Chinese counterparts and reportedly review important aspects of US China policy. Taiwan, which was mooted early in the administration without follow-through, is long overdue for a policy review; Taiwan should figure prominently in […]