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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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No joy in Pyongyang over Park’s win in South Korea's presidential election

No joy in Pyongyang over Park’s win in South Korea's presidential election

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Pyongyang’s favored candidate lost with the victory of conservative, anti-communist ruling party candidate Park Geun-Hye in the recent presidential election here. The destitute North openly endorsed Park’s rival, opposition contender Moon Jae-In. Moon had promised to resume massive economic aid and cross-border projects with the North that would provide Pyongyang with […]

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On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

By Sol W. Sanders The customary accolades from fellow solons notwithstanding, Sen. John F. Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state is fraught with complications. Following the debacle of Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the post under the cloud of the Benghazi attack (which also dogs outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton), […]

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As China, U.S., Japan and S. Korea transition, N. Korea again threatens to go ballistic

As China, U.S., Japan and S. Korea transition, N. Korea again threatens to go ballistic

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The impending launch of a North Korean ballistic missile has as much to do with the propaganda goal of putting a satellite into orbit as to serve as a less than subtle bullying to neighboring states all undergoing a period of political transition. Though Pyongyang has forewarned regional […]

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Daughter of a controversial leader runs for president of South Korea

Daughter of a controversial leader runs for president of South Korea

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The specter of Park Geun-Hye running for president of the Republic of Korea evokes almost as many memories for those foreigners who were here during the reign of her father as it does for millions of Koreans who share quite differing perspectives. As a journalist in pursuit of about the only […]

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U.S.-North Korea 'food for nukes' deal means little, generates hot air in Seoul

U.S.-North Korea 'food for nukes' deal means little, generates hot air in Seoul

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s promise to give up or at least suspend its nuclear program clearly forces the end of the seemingly tough policies enunciated by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak after he took office four years ago. No way can Lee appear as the strong leader who reversed a decade […]

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Pro-North Korea politics intrude on Seoul's Winter Olympics celebration

Pro-North Korea politics intrude on Seoul's Winter Olympics celebration

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com  WASHINGTON – South Korea’s conservative leaders may not like it, but the race to the 2018 Winter Olympics has entered a new and unpredictably political phase now that the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has awarded the 2018 Games to obscure Pyeongchang district in a region of low-lying mountains near the Korean […]