Eastern Asia

Pigs are Getting Slaughtered in South Korea

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As we continue to monitor the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in South Korea, we would like to remind out readers that, as of the morning of 27 September 2019, more than 30,000 pigs in the nation had been deemed at risk of infection and 9 cases of the disease had been reported in less than two weeks. Although ASF does…

The Most Recent Forums in China and India

The creation of forums in powerful Asian nations aimed at promoting discussions about various issues that arise in relationships among leading participants of the Big Game is becoming one of the signs pointing to the shift of the center of global processes from the Euro-Atlantic region to that of the Indo-Pacific. As these new (Asian) platforms are growing in…

Latest Episode in Ongoing Saga of North Korea...

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Our recent coverage of a fight that broke out between North Korean poachers and Russian border guards is a topic that has caused quite a stir, so we felt the need to consider the wider issue. How has the situation developed since this incident took place? – Six poachers fishing in the Sea of Japan were detained for two months after attacking Russian border guards…

BC: Okinawans Rebel Against the US and Tokyo

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“Any man in combat who lacks comrades who will die for him, or for whom he is willing to die, is not a man at all. He is truly damned.” – William Manchester, in Goobye Darkness The game has changed in Okinawa. The usual apologies for the latest gruesome crime, with promises to see that such things never happen again, has been thrown…

China’s Long March to Total Food Security

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Earlier this year, China announced adding 5 million more hectares to its 42 million already connected farmland and shooting for 60 million hectares by 2022. This is part of China expanding, modernizing and restructuring its agriculture industry from top to bottom for maximum production and efficiency. With my growing up in a small New England town, the term…

Outcomes of Meeting between US and DPRK Repre...

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On 1 October 2019, Choe Son Hui, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, released a statement saying that North Korea and the United States had agreed to hold a meeting between their respective working groups on 5 October. Later on, it was reported that the talks would take place in Stockholm. And then the North Korean delegation…

Current State of Relations between PRC and Ta...

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Currently, the focus of the complex relationship between the two world powers, the United States and the PRC, is on the “trade war” whose course can neither be reversed nor actually halted. Despite the optimism shown by both sides after the 13th (scheduled) round of negotiations ended (which took place in…

China’s Hidden Economic Time Bomb

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The China government statistical agency just released economic data showing the poorest GDP growth in almost 30 years for China. The problem goes far deeper than recent effects of the US-China trade war or the impact of calamities such as African Swine Fever that have decimated the nation’s pig herds. The underlying far more serious problem is an emerging disaster…

Wianbu Issue and Risk of Pushing it Too Far

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On 14 August, commemorations for the International Memorial Day for the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Victims during World War II were held in South Korea yet again. The Research Association on and the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan held the 1,400th rally (staged since January 1992) in front of Japan’s embassy…

Huawei Moving on Without Google?

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Huawei’s flagship smartphone, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, launched without Google products being available on it due to US restrictions against Chinese companies (and specifically against Huawei itself). Contrary to what many have speculated, Huawei has not developed its “own operating system” for its phones but is instead simply using an open…

Moon Jae-in’s Speech at the UN General ...

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As it was promised, we are going to take a closer look at the speech presented by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in in front of the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2019. The rationale behind this analysis is the fact that nothing can tell you more about a politician than his public speeches. It was widely assumed that the South Korean leader would…

DPRK’s October Missile Launch: End to Dialogu...

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On 2 October 2019, North Korea carried out yet another (11th since the start of the year) missile launch, which has caused a much bigger uproar than the test firing of short-range missiles or of a “super-large” multiple rocket launcher (MLRS) that we had reported on earlier this summer. First of all, (in the author…


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