Manhood-measuring operation in South China Sea comes up short

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.

China’s unfinished island wars

BY GREG AUSTIN, The Japan Times
CANBERRA – We in East Asia are indeed living in peaceful times. That is the inevitable conclusion one draws in reflecting on the archives of U.S. military intelligence files from the 1930s and 1940s. In one document, Japan’s ambition, declared in January 1941 by its foreign minister, was frightening.

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