Asia

Japan’s place in the world


BY HUGH CORTAZZI, THE JAPAN TIMES

LONDON – The statements and attitudes of some of Japan’s right-wing leaders often undermine the nation’s reputation in the rest of the world. Japan’s influence and prestige are also jeopardized by the way in which business and government are operated as well as by Japanese adherence to traditional behavior patterns.

Manhood-measuring operation in South China Sea comes up short


BY PETER LEE
John Garnaut exulted that the United States had bested the PRC in a “seminal test of wills”. On his Twitter feed plugging his piece he speculated that revealing the PLA Navy as a paper porpoise might encourage a rethink on Taiwan:

How France is Fueling Japan and China’s Nuclear 'Race'

By Victor Gilinsky, Henry Sokolski 

France is helping to support industrial policies that make no economic sense and potentially threaten a nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia.

Economic models of Eurasianism and the Eurasian Union: why the future is not optimistic


Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, Vladimer Papava
A new Russia-Kazakhstan regional project, named the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), was launched in 2015. Specifically, as of January 1, 2015, integrated economic processes among Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia are governed by the EAEU Treaty.

Seventy Years After the End of WWII, the Kuriles Still Roil Russian-Japanese Relations


Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 195
By: John C. K. Daly

On October 22, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia plans to build a military base in the Kurile Islands, annexed by the Soviet Union from Japan at the end of World War II (Zerkalo Nedeli, October 22).

The looming military showdown in the South China Sea

USS Ronald Reagan

By Bill Gertz
After delaying for months, the Obama administration has authorized the US Pacific Command to send warships into the disputed South China Sea, and China is threatening to confront the naval presence as part of an aggressive buildup in the region.

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