Eastern Asia

Has the history of the Cheonan corvette come ...

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As reported by a number of news agencies in early November, Seoul is considering the possibility of a large-scale withdrawal…

Kim Jong-un’s New Course

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While the terms juche (spirit of self-reliance) and songun (military first) are relatively well-known to a broad audience, a fresh…

U.S. House of Representatives steps up war rh...

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According to the assessments by various foreign observers, there has been a clear escalation in relations between China and the…

The Meetings in Beijing

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited China from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24. Visits by the Russian leadership to the…

Famine in North Korea: Causes and Myths. Part...

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First, agriculture "washed away" and the terraces on the mountain slopes were particularly affected. This appears to be why the…

Famine in North Korea: Causes and Myths. Part...

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"Slon" internet magazine published an article by A. Lankov titled "How many people actually died of starvation in North Korea"…

Government shutdown and Chinese gold

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“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”...William Butler Yeats, from his poem The Second…

The US’ “Asia Pivot” and Containment of China

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The US’ “Asia Pivot” policy, announced in June 2012, has since been heralded as a ‘new’ cold war in a…

Should we expect a collapse of North Korea?

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Having started the “Arab Spring” and having destabilized the situation in most countries in the Middle East after it, the…

China and Russia’s Eurasian Plans. Part 2

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We should add one more important dimension to the character of Chinese expansion in Central Asia. It began with and…

Washington and Tokyo ramp up military prepara...

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Despite the break out of a U.S. budget crisis and Obama’s cancelled trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit…

China and Russia’s Eurasian Plans. Part 1

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The Bishkek SCO (The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) summit has fully confirmed the viability of unions which tend to strengthen regionalism…

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