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When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve them. The fact that at least three of the leaders at this year’s ASEAN summit won’t be around […]

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China-Japan ties encounter severe turbulence in advance of Noda's upcoming visit

China-Japan ties encounter severe turbulence in advance of Noda's upcoming visit

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Relations between Asia’s two biggest countries seem to be taking a confrontational turn on multiple fronts. On Sunday, the Japanese coast guard arrested the captain of a fishing vessel that had ventured into Japan’s territorial waters near the southwestern port of Nagasaki. While the skipper was released several days later after […]

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Onward through the mud: A self-described 'eel' leads post-Fukushima Japan

Onward through the mud: A self-described 'eel' leads post-Fukushima Japan

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com TOKYO — Japan appears mired in a pattern of mediocre leadership that seems to combine deep-seated conservatism with a brand of nationalism of a kind increasingly seen throughout the region. Just two years after the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) defeated the long-entrenched Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on the crest of […]