Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Forecasting Breakthrough in DPRK-Japan Relations: Zhang Liangui

By | January 23, 2013

One heavyweight Chinese commentator predicts an extraordinary reversal of fortune for North Korea-Japan relations in 2013. Translation from the Chinese by Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga.

One Ocean, Two Systems : Drills in the Yellow Sea and China’s Maritime Outlook

By | July 06, 2012

For the first time, Korean, Japanese and U.S. Forces conducted a tri-lateral exercise in the Yellow Sea.  China released a carefully worded statement emphasizing that the exercises took place “beyond the territorial waters of any country.”  Those seven words are critical to China and to Chinese claims to disputed waters in Southeast Asia.  They also […]

The Political Economy of Economic Reform: Using Trade to Keep the Debate in Bloom

By | May 27, 2012

The Political Economy of Economic Reform: Using Trade to Keep the Debate in Bloom by Steven Denney Although North Korea may be a thorn in China’s side, it has been duly noted that China does not wish to see political collapse; the twin nightmare scenario of refugees flooding across the border into Northeastern China and […]

Reading the ‘Riot Act’: North Korea Themes in the Chinese Media, March 2012

By | April 01, 2012

Reading the ‘Riot Act’: North Korea Themes in the Chinese Media, March 2012 by Adam Cathcart President Obama’s recent critiques of China’s failure to coerce the DPRK back from the launching pad are worth revisiting. The American President repeats, more or less, Bush administration complaints that China is still holding back from using what tends […]

The Ideational Balance of Power: KCNA File No. 13

By | April 01, 2012

Click here to view KNCA File No. 13 (March 4 – March 10) in its entirety. Although Americans may be emphasizing values and the importance of ideational issues in an era of declining American power following two costly wars and an economic crisis, KCNA File No. 13 reminds our readers from North America and Europe that the ideational […]

Options Abound: Weekly Digest

By | March 31, 2012

 The big news around Seoul this week was the arrival of Barack Obama for the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, his visit to the DMZ (predicted several weeks ago on One Free Korea) and the flurry of stories related to North Korea’s planned rocket launch.  Given reports of US intentions to “overhaul its approach towards North […]