Eastern Asia

The Latest Round of Sino-European Maneuvers i...

XA563453445Among the key participants in the new global “post-Cold War” game there are signs of turmoil, which became visible one and a half years ago with the emergence of Trump administration’s policy course under its overarching slogan “hit those…

How Likely is it that US troops will be Withd...

KO3543234234On May 4, the New York Times, 2018 citing a number of different sources, reported that Donald Trump had ordered the Pentagon to draw up plans for a possible reduction of America’s military presence in South Korea.  Of course, it is not a question of Kim yielding, but, according to…

How Quickly Will Results of Inter-Korean Summ...

KIM6456345Not too long ago as it seems, we remarked that the Olympic thaw bore its first fruit from a tactical point of view. Unfortunately, concurrent with quieting naysayers and other steps towards rapprochement, we are witnessing actions that could very…

Is the Korean Comment-rigging Scandal Similar...

5a7cdb7ad03072920e8b4686-750-375Only recently we wrote about the conservative ex-president of South Korea, who ended up in prison as a result of a series of accusations levelled against him. Still an ongoing scandal that started in mid-April has all the tell-tale signs that may turn it into an analogous story…

Memory-Sticks & Quotas: The Politics of ...

8911Import quotas have long been out of fashion among U.S. leaders in the age of free trade and globalization. However, on April 30th, the White House announced that the United States has now revived the practice, with South Korea being the first country subject to this harsh economic…

What Could Kim Jong Un and Trump Agree on?

J663452323The summit between North and South Korea, to be held on April 27th, 2018, has increased the likelihood that the US and DPRK leaders will meet. If we leave out the issues of protocol, the ultimate choice of where the meeting is to take place and discussions about how useful this…

Is Taiwan Becoming a New Korea?

5534 Journal NEO CollageUnfortunately, but this author’s pre- sentiment regarding the situation around Taiwan seems to come true. It is very likely that in the chain of “underwater volcanoes” stretching from the Korean peninsula to the eastern entrance to the Strait…

China’s Determined March Towards the Ec...

author and CobbThere is no time for long introductions. The world is, possibly heading for yet another catastrophe. This one, if we, human beings will not manage to prevent it, could become our final. The West is flexing its muscle, antagonizing…

The Korean Agreement: A New Beginning or Will...

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The joint declaration by the leaders of North and South Korea on 27 April 2018 has rightly been applauded as a significant breakthrough in the relationship between the two parts of the Korean peninsula that have been in varying states of tension since the armistice that marked the cessation…

New Stage of Political Game on the Korean Pen...

5623234234A month ago, we left open the possibility of a political breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula, but the progress rates of the new game developing here exceed the wildest expectations. During the whole previous year, the major opponents on the Korean Peninsula were comparing their nuclear…

North Korea’s “New” Course, and its Nuclear M...

SNK64354243On April 20, in Pyongyang, the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea was held “to discuss the policy issues of a new stage in line with the demand of the important historic period of the revolution’s development.”  A plenary session…

What Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump Discussed on...

6932The meeting of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Donald Trump that took place on April 18 on the territory of the US President’s estate in Florida should be considered an important landmark of the complicated game that is currently going on in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), in which…


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