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 […]

Studies in Contrast: Abe’s Popular Mandate, Xi Jinping’s Monopoly of Power

  Democracies around the world have commonalities in terms of their approach and consequent connection with the masses or the electorate. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the latest case in point, as he secured a decisive and resounding mandate in Japan’s general election. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its second-fiddle coalition partner, Komeito, have secured […]

After Landslide Victory, Abe Has To Deliver on Dealing with North Korean Crisis

  With the landslide election victory by the mainly-Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-Komeito coalition, the foundation has been laid for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to continue his medium- to long-term strategy.   Some analysts have said that the LDP win was due to the divided opposition. However, the bigger reason is probably voters’ judgment that only […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]