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Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

By Donald Kirk The sight of the American Stars and Stripes among the Taegukgi held high by loyalists to Park Geun-Hye is a reminder of the historical depth of ties among mostly aging Koreans to the country that rescued the South from annihilation by North Korea and China in the Korean War. Some Americans, seeing […]

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Yankee go home, Yankee hang around: Mixed messages from East Asia

Yankee go home, Yankee hang around: Mixed messages from East Asia

By Donald Kirk The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, is riding a populist wave with his declarations that he doesn’t need American military or commercial aid or agreements for U.S. forces to advise and assist the armed forces of the Philippines. He seems to want to reverse careful efforts on both sides at improving […]

 FreePressers Staff

Washington’s growing China problem is becoming impossible to ignore

Washington’s growing China problem is becoming impossible to ignore

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders The U.S.’ confrontation with an increasingly powerful and incipiently aggressive China is getting much more complicated. There is no question of its high priority among the U.S.’ foreign policy issues. But were you a Chinese strategist attempting to measure an American opponent’s intentions, the contradictory U.S. positions might […]

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Japan finding unlikely allies in repelling Beijing's campaign of 'cartographical aggression'

Japan finding unlikely allies in repelling Beijing's campaign of 'cartographical aggression'

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA — Japan is probing the possibilities of a most improbable alliance in a corner of Southeast Asia that once lay at the heart of the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.” The term “co-prosperity” was a euphemism for Imperial Japan’s policy of prospering off impoverished people from Burma through the French […]

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Chinese media mounts all out propaganda offensive against the Philippines

Chinese media mounts all out propaganda offensive against the Philippines

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Judging by the rhetoric of the official Chinese media and military commentators, the Chinese Communist Party authorities seem to be readying a small-scale naval skirmish to “teach the Philippines a lesson.” Yet at the same time, Beijing is brandishing non-military solutions, such as joint development of oil and gas in areas […]

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Tensions in Asia-Pacific give rise to multiple war games

Tensions in Asia-Pacific give rise to multiple war games

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A series of naval exercises involving troops from China, Russia, South Korea, the U.S. and the Philippines are likely to significantly raise tensions in the Asia-Pacific. The largest China-Russian naval war game since 2005 is scheduled to start next week in waters very close to South Korea and Japan. While a […]

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Philippines bends to China on Spratlys; open to joint development

Philippines bends to China on Spratlys; open to joint development

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Manila appears to be easing its hardline stance towards Beijing and may be willing to jointly develop oil and natural gas resources in the hotly disputed Spratlys Islands in the South China Sea. “We are amenable to the [Chinese offer of joint development] for as long as it conforms to […]

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Emerging U.S. strategy builds a geopolitical economy along Chinas periphery

By Brian M Downing One can scarcely read anything on world affairs these days without seeing discussion of the decline of the U.S. and the rise of China. In recent weeks, however, President Obama spoke plainly, bluntly, and even disparagingly to China. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Obama chided China, urging it to put […]

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Beijing tones down its rhetoric in aftermath of Obama's Asia tour pronouncements

Beijing tones down its rhetoric in aftermath of Obama's Asia tour pronouncements

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese Communist Party leadership has toned down its aggressive rhetoric regarding the South China Sea in an apparent effort to blunt the growth of Washington’s “anti-China containment policy.” During his recent tour of Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia, President Barack Obama gave indirect support to the claims of several Association of […]

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Tough talk by Panetta met with tougher talk in response to 'new American threat'

Tough talk by Panetta met with tougher talk in response  to 'new American threat'

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese leadership is taking very seriously Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s statement that after curtailing its involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington would focus more of its energy and resources on the Asia-Pacific Theatre. Panetta said in Tokyo last week that despite overall cuts in the Pentagon budget, “we are not […]