Eastern Asia

The US and China’s Military Budget

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On September 3, celebrations took place in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory of Chinese People’s Resistance againstJapanese Aggression and World Anti-Fascist War. The significance of the event for the Chinese should not…

Political aspects of the celebrations in China

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The celebrations which took place in China to mark the end of the Pacific War, the centrepiece of which was the military parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, are of interest from different points of view, but above all in the context of the development of events in…

Is Beijing Cutting Ties with the 14th Dalai Lama?

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Against the background of considerable commotion in the international arena caused by various circumstances surrounding the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War in Beijing, another important event in China almost went unnoticed…

The Great Stock Crash–Chinese Leaders Ignore Lessons of Wall Street at a Peril

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The formally still-communist Peoples’ Republic of China has just experienced what we can call their “October 1929 Moment.” The most colossal stock market crash the world has ever seen is still underway a full two months after…

On the Inter-Korean talks of August 2015

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The author’s previous article finished on “a cliffhanger”, but there is still no definite clarity in the resolution of this phase of the inter-Korean aggravation to this day, despite the fact that the talks in Panmunjom closed with some success, with each party…

Asia: Choosing Between East and West

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Political and business circles across Asia face a shifting geopolitical environment driven by the inevitable rise of China. Several fundamental factors are driving this shift  that if fully understood should help established political orders, business interests…

The Reaction to Shinzō Abe’s Statement

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Shinzō Abe’s statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War as well as the closely related topic of the failed visit of the Japanese prime minister to China to celebrate the very same occasion, continue to attract attention both domestically and…

China Rails Linking Eurasia

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China has become the world’s leading makers of modern railroads and equipment. It has done so as part of a long-term strategy to weld a new economic space, build entirely new markets where none before existed. They studied the European rail-makers, studied the German…

The celebration in Beijing the End of the Pacific War

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The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War which will take place on September, 3rd in Beijing, is of interest in many aspects, primarily in view of the current situation and expected development of the political situation not only in…

How the Republic of Korea and the United States are afraid of North Korea

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We have repeatedly talked about how the US and its allies continue to frighten the world with the North Korean threat, presenting its missiles or nuclear program much like the Death Star from the famous Star Wars films. Today, we’ll…

Shinzo Abe’s Speech on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Pacific War

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On August 14 the world witnessed one of those rare milestone events, based on which the trends for the further development of relations in the strategic…

Military Potential of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea—Fantasies and Reality

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Another report on the military potential of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, issued by the U.S.-Korea Institute (USKI) of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, which


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