As the reality of all-out war breaking out in the Middle East looms larger, the potential for a collision course in the South China Sea also continues to grow. On Friday, Anti-Mediahighlighted the situation unfolding in East and Southeast Asia, where the United States, Japan, and South Korea are coordinating military drills purportedly aimed at … Continue reading From Bad to Worse in the South China Sea
As regular as it may sound, one is bound to note that there’s a rapid acceleration of political processes that can be observed in the world today in general and in the Asia-Pacific region in particular. It seems that only yesterday NEO was reporting on the chances of a possible aggravation between the leading regional … Continue reading Are the Japanese Navy Ships Going on a Tour?
Last year could hardly be described as the best period in the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States, since the interests of these two players have shifted dramatically over the years. Today, Washington and Riyadh occupy different positions on such important topics as Syria, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Egypt, the so-called “democratization” … Continue reading Where Salman’s ‘Pivot East’ Will Take Saudi Arabia?
Following the assessment by the US Secretary of Defense of the situation in the Northeast Asian region, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was subsequently sent on a tour. In the period from March 16 to 19, Tillerson visited Japan, the Republic of Korea and China. The fact that two high officials of the US administration … Continue reading US Intensifies its Presence in Northeast Asia
Military tensions Rise in East and Southeast Asia. The month of March is turning out to be a “hot” one in terms of military exercises, drills and posturing. Diplomatic efforts are being overshadowed by high profile, multi-lateral military exercises in the South China Sea, and the Sea of Japan. As China attempts to deescalate tensions … Continue reading Is War in Asia Just Around the Corner?
The United States said on March 7 that it had the (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea. The action was prompted by North Korean missile tests on March 6 supervised personally the nation’s leader Kim Jong Un. It was announced that the test was conducted in preparation for delivering a strike against US bases in … Continue reading Korean Crisis: Turn for the Worse
The Trump era starts now – with geopolitics and geoeconomics set for a series of imminent, unpredictable cliffhangers. I have argued that Trump’s foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger’s strategy to deal with the formidable Eurasia integration trio – Russia, China and Iran – is a remixed Divide and Rule; seduce Russia away from its strategic … Continue reading Here’s How the Trump Presidency will Play Out
The days of post-World War II pacifism in Japan are more or less over. The Japanese government has announced it will bolster its coast guard capabilities to defend disputed islands in the East China Sea. China also claims and regularly patrols these islands. The coast guard budget is expected to reach a record of 210 billion … Continue reading Quiet Since WWII, Japan Begins $44 Billion Re-Militarization to Confront China
Seven decades after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor some truth is finally beginning to emerge from the miasma of propaganda that still clouds our vision of World War II. It seems clear by now that President Franklin Roosevelt’s White House knew from deciphered codes that Japan was planning an attack on America’s key naval … Continue reading Japan’s “Nobility of Failure” in 1941