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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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U.S. silent on a dangerous game of chess in the East China Sea

U.S. silent on a dangerous game of chess in the East China Sea

Gregory Copley, Global Information System A Sept. 25, 2012, maritime incident at the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea — ostensibly between Republic of China (ROC: Taiwan) maritime elements and Japanese Coast Guard vessels — enabled Beijing to score a timely strategic success in defiance at Washington’s proposed “Pacific pivot” strategy to consolidate its […]

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'Island of peace' haunted by memories of war

'Island of peace' haunted by memories of war

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com JEJU – Schoolchildren here sing a mournful song about a gigantic rock about 90 miles southwest of the island where the souls of fishermen lost at sea find their final repose. The rock cannot really be called an outcropping since it’s actually submerged several meters, but South Korea has set up […]

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Japanese demonstrations protest China threat to territories

Japanese demonstrations protest China threat to territories

Japanese march against China expansionism near Tokyo on Nov. 13 YOKOHAMA, Japan – Thousands of demonstrators waving Japanese flags and shouting anti-China slogans marched against Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit for an economic summit that comes as a territorial dispute strains ties between the Asian giants. Organizers said Saturday’s march in Yokohama, which was held […]

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Worrisome: The China-Japan dust-up is more than it seems

Worrisome: The China-Japan dust-up is more than it seems

By Sol W. Sanders Nothing should make the world so nervous as conflict between the two East Asian behemoths, China and Japan. Their long history of curiously incestuous but bitterly conflicted relations dominates history in their part of the world. That is why even a minor clash between a Chinese fishing boat and small Japanese […]