Russia, China Power Games Prop Up North Korea’s Nuclear Brinkmanship

  Great power games are in full swing in Northeast Asia, as exhibited by the sudden and steep increase of intense geopolitical activity surrounding North Korea.   This round began when the sequestered North Korean leader Kim Jong-un began his ‘outreach program’ with the first-ever declared foreign visit to Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in March 2018. […]

Should Washington Get Tough on China? Here Are Things to Consider

  Tracking the debate over China policy in Washington shows remarkable hardening over the past two years. There are now routine calls for a United States pushback and toughening against expansionist and predatory Chinese practices carried out by an increasingly assertive and challenging Communist party-led dictatorship.   Those arguing for continuing constructive engagement are on […]

Why Do We Let Japanese Textbooks Carry Debunked Propaganda From China, South Korea?

  South Korea has fallen for North Korea’s charm offensive at the PyeongChang Olympics. One wonders whether South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his chief presidential secretary, Im Jong-seok, now think that the existence of North Korea is more legitimate than that of South Korea.   The foundation of South Korea has clearly been eroded […]

Editorial: At the North Korea Summit Meetings, Demand the Immediate Return of Abductees

  The international situation surrounding North Korea is changing rapidly, and recent developments could present the perfect opening to resolve the abduction issue. It goes without saying that complete resolution entails the return of all abductees, and such an opportunity must not be missed.    An Inter-Korean summit meeting is set to take place on […]

Message from Beijing: Powerful Communist-led Army Strengthening Its Power in Asia

  China’s leaders sent two clear messages from this month’s National People’s Congress in Beijing.   The first was that President Xi Jinping is centralizing power based on an uncompromising Communist ideology by which the party leads everything. The other is that Mr. Xi wants to build up China’s military, maintaining its position as the […]

How Beijing’s Push for China-Centric Asia Impacts the Indo-Pacific

    The latest China Security Report published by Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) in February aims to analyze China’s military and security affairs from a mid- to long-term perspective. It assesses the development of China’s foreign and security policy towards the United States and vice versa, and the overall China-US relationship in East Asia. […]