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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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The politics of Romney's non-Asian world view

The politics of Romney's non-Asian world view

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Sometimes you have to wonder what the Asian half of the world means to Americans. How could a serious candidate for president make a whole “foreign policy” address and leave out America’s allies from Northeast to Southeast Asia? Is there any chance that Mitt Romney will cast a wayward eye in […]

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Island ruckus distracts minds in Tokyo, Seoul from more serious concerns

Island ruckus distracts minds in Tokyo, Seoul from more serious concerns

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The North Koreans have got to love this one. The ruckus over disputed islands gets so much play in Korea and Japan that Koreans and Japanese tend to forget they’ve got a real enemy lurking somewhere over the 38th parallel. That would be North Korea, whose strategists may not know how […]