US Intensifies its Presence in Northeast Asia

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

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watched the ground jet test of a Korean-style high-thrust engine newly developed by the Academy of the National Defence Science

North Korea: The Really Serious Options on the Table

East Asia geopolitics is in flux, still centered on Beijing but complicated by Pyongyang's nukes and transitions in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo. The National People’s Congress in Beijing made it clear that China in the 21st century as led by Xi Jinping now relies, as a state, on the  “core” leader’s “four comprehensives” as the … Continue reading North Korea: The Really Serious Options on the Table

Only a Fool Would Trust Rogue State USA

The United States suffers from a chronic trust deficit, to put it mildly. Anything that its leaders say must be weighed against years of deception and relentless criminal conduct by US governments. Only a fool would trust anything that comes out of Washington. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Chinese President Xi Jinping at the weekend, vowing … Continue reading Only a Fool Would Trust Rogue State USA

No One Needs Another Korean War

Panmunjom, the ‘peace village’ on the incredibly tense demilitarized zone (aka DMZ) between North and South Korea, is one of the weirdest places I’ve ever visited. Tough North Korean soldiers lurk about, watched by equally tough South Korean troops in one-way sunglasses and an aggressive judo ‘warrior’ stance. When I was filming at Panmunjom, we … Continue reading No One Needs Another Korean War

Busted! US Soldiers Caught with $12M Worth of Crystal Meth in South Korea

South Korean prosecutors allege that two American troops stationed in the country smuggled nine pounds worth of methamphetamine from California using the Army’s postal service. Two South Korean nationals have also been detained, the law enforcement office said. The operation may also implicate four South Koreans with family members living in the US, Stars and Stripes reported. … Continue reading Busted! US Soldiers Caught with $12M Worth of Crystal Meth in South Korea

Is War in Asia Just Around the Corner?

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?

South Korean navy's war supply ship Cheonji (R) refuels KDX-II destroyer Choi Young © South Korean Navy / Reuters

US Carrier to Arrive for Joint Drills with South Korea as Pyongyang Warns of ‘Merciless’ Strikes

A US Navy aircraft carrier group is expected to arrive in South Korea on Wednesday to take part in joint annual drills, the US military announced. It comes after the North warned of “merciless” attacks if its sovereignty is violated during the exercises. The strike group will arrive at the port city of Busan on … Continue reading US Carrier to Arrive for Joint Drills with South Korea as Pyongyang Warns of ‘Merciless’ Strikes

All Out War is “On the Table”: U.S. Considers First-Strike Attack against North Korea

The publication called Business Insider is carrying a story promoting a US first-strike attack on North Korea. The article includes a quote from the Wall Street Journal that reads, “An internal White House review of strategy on North Korea includes the possibility of military force or regime change to blunt the country’s nuclear-weapons threat, people familiar with the process … Continue reading All Out War is “On the Table”: U.S. Considers First-Strike Attack against North Korea

Korean Crisis Ahead? A Growing Tinderbox in the South

As the first military hardware associated with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, commonly called THAAD, arrives in the southern region of the Korean Peninsula, the tensions around and within the  region seem to be escalating. A number of ongoing crises in South Korea are starting to take their toll, and could have regional and … Continue reading Korean Crisis Ahead? A Growing Tinderbox in the South