A general view of Pyongyang showing the Juche tower and city skyline on June 11. Photo: AFP/ Ed Jones

Trump Holds the Clock on North Korea While Putin Plans His Moves

The argument that China is being “marginalized” by Washington while it works bilaterally with Pyongyang on the profound security issues on the Korean Peninsula has been completely discredited with the surprising news that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is back in China on a two-day visit that began today. The Singapore summit between US …

Continue reading Trump Holds the Clock on North Korea While Putin Plans His Moves

Advertisements
June 14, 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong-nam, left, during a meeting. Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik

Russia Inserts Itself Into North Korea Game

When it comes to North Korea, Japan and Russia may seem like two “lost souls” in Northeast Asia, standing on the fringes anxiously looking on as China, South Korea and the United States dominate the headlines. The tremors set in motion by the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un …

Continue reading Russia Inserts Itself Into North Korea Game

Japan is Seeking Balance in its Relations with the US, China and Russia

The sudden burst in Japanese foreign policy efforts over the last few months cannot go unnoticed. It is hard not to note Tokyo’s attempts to influence and probe the state of its relations with Washington, Beijing and Moscow. It is worth mentioning that the political landscape in the critically important North East Asia sub-region are …

Continue reading Japan is Seeking Balance in its Relations with the US, China and Russia

The Indo-Pacific’s Changing Political Landscape

Several noteworthy events, which have occurred in the past few weeks, bear witness to the continuing changes in the Indo-Pacific region’s political map. This process was long in the making, but its pace increased substantially after the election of Donald Trump as the US President, whose key campaign slogan, “America first,” is often misinterpreted as …

Continue reading The Indo-Pacific’s Changing Political Landscape

Take Your Pick: Chinese or American Missiles in the South China Sea?

China’s reported deployment of anti-ship and cruise missiles to its reclaimed islands in the South China Sea was the inevitable action of a country that chose to act first in order to thwart its American adversary from doing the same thing at a more disadvantageous time in the future. All of Asia seems to be …

Continue reading Take Your Pick: Chinese or American Missiles in the South China Sea?

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen on September 4, 2017. Photo: AFP/Fred Dufour

It’s BRI Against Indo-Pacific All Over Again

All bets are off on the outcome of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s potentially ground-breaking meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this Friday and Saturday in Wuhan. Things have not exactly started in auspicious mode. After a meeting in Beijing of foreign ministers represented at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), India, once again refused to support …

Continue reading It’s BRI Against Indo-Pacific All Over Again

When North Meets South: What’s at Stake as Two Koreas Sit Down?

President Donald Trump has said he will walk out of the room if things do not go well with North Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in wishes he had that option in his own summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this week. “I think Moon’s whole career is focused on trying to transform the …

Continue reading When North Meets South: What’s at Stake as Two Koreas Sit Down?

America’s Arctic Aggression Might Prompt Russia to “Balance” with the AAGC

The US’ demand that Russia allow it to use the Northern Sea Route hints at future Hybrid War aggression in the Arctic that could prompt Moscow to increase its strategic dependency on China in response, a less than desirable scenario that could be avoided if Russia “balances” friend and foe alike by facilitating the Indo-Japanese …

Continue reading America’s Arctic Aggression Might Prompt Russia to “Balance” with the AAGC