Eastern Asia

The Geopolitical Power Balance is Tilting from West to East


Most global crises and disasters compel countries and people to join together to tackle the troubles they are faced with more successfully, and to build a better society and wider world. However, the response to the coronavirus pandemic that has engulfed the world has been the complete opposite so far. Many analysts including those in the United States…

The Taiwan Issue: Recent Developments


New Eastern Outlook articles have repeatedly pointed out that issues stemming from the SARS COV-2 pandemic (with medical problems not necessarily posing the key challenges), which have recently become prominent features of the media and political landscape, have, essentially, not had any effect on the long-established trends in world politics…

Hong Kong’s Response to Washington


A fierce confrontation between the United States and China, which has further intensified during the Coronavirus era, has become a staple in recent years. In order to exacerbate this conflict, Washington has employed numerous tools, such as pulling out of a number of bilateral and even international agreements; aggressively using sanctions; ramping up propaganda efforts…

Anti-Communism is a Fundamentalist Religion, Now Followed by Billions


150 years ago, on April 21, 1870, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin, was born. According to many, he was the greatest revolutionary of all times, a man who gave birth to both internationalism and anti-imperialism. It is time to “revisit Communism”. It is also time to ask some basic, essential questions: “How is it possible that…

US-South Korea Dispute over Defense Costs Still Hitting a Dead End


Our last piece on the US-South Korea military cost-sharing agreement known as the Special Measures Agreement (SMA) was published two months ago, yet no progress has since been made. To briefly provide some background information, South Korea has been partially covering the cost of hosting American troops since…

Japan’s Return to “Normalcy” amid SARS COV-2 Pandemic


In Japan, the process of returning to “normalcy” is often tied with the desire of the nation’s leadership to remove limitations imposed on the country by Article 9 of its pacifist constitution adopted in 1947 under (to put it mildly) “pressure” from the US-led occupation administration. And according to a more radical viewpoint, the draft of this document for post-war Japan was…

Can China Silk Road Survive Coronavirus?


China’s priority infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), faces enormous problems just seven years after it was proclaimed in 2013. Serious problems and charges of China luring poorer nations into what a leading Indian analyst termed a “debt trap diplomacy,” began to appear already in 2018 when Malaysia and Pakistan, under new governments demanded…

Lifting of 2010 Sanctions? No, Just Another Pitiful Move from Seoul.


Several times, when writing about what President Moon Jae-in could have done to develop inter-Korean dialogue, this author has outlined that a real step, and not just a ceremonial one, would be the lifting of wide-ranging unilateral sanctions imposed on 24 May 2010 by Lee Myung-bak’s government after South Korea’s implication…

Drawing Battlelines: US Openly Targets China’s OBOR


Judging by US foreign policy – China is a massive global threat – and by some accounts – the “top” threat. But a threat to what? AFP would report in its article, “Trump nominee to lead intel community sees China as top threat,” that: President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the US intelligence community said Tuesday that he would focus on China as the country’s greatest…

Secret Nuclear Sites of DPRK? Or is Everything Visible from Above?


Since 2018, North Korea has continued to adhere to its moratorium on nuclear, and medium- and long-range missile tests. This has created an impression that DPRK’s missile and nuclear weapons program has been put on hold. Still, analysts have been asking whether this is actually the case and the answer…

Who is Benefiting from Comfort Women Issue?


On May 7, 2020, yet another scandal broke out in South Korea.  As readers may remember, every Wednesday, hundreds of people gather in front of the former building of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. Every week, activists, students and surviving comfort women (wianbu in Korean) join forces to demand a sincere apology and legal reparations from Tokyo…

Wild Boars Continue to Spread ASF, but How did it Reach the Korean Peninsula?


Earlier, the author believed that South Korea deserved to be commended for its efforts in combating African swine fever (ASF) within its borders, but the situation turned out to be more serious than previously thought. The following paragraphs provide an incomplete record of the growing number of dead wild boars found not…

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