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Has Abe got Trump's measure? Golf diplomacy puts Japan back on the green

The Conversation Global | Posted 02.14.2017 | Politics
The Conversation Global

Craig Mark, Kyoritsu Women's University Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe managed to be the first foreign leader to visit then president-elect Donal...

China's Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.22.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Even after The Hague decision, China's government continues to vociferously argue that its 'nine-dash line' of sovereignty over the entire South China...

Decoding China-U.S. Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Citizens of any nation will naturally rally around their flag when they believe they are under attack, have been offended, or want to flex their muscl...

South China Sea Territorial Battle To Continue Unabated

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. insists it takes no position in the ongoing disputes, but Washington has clashed with China over the former's right to collect intelligence within China's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone. It would only take one drunk ship captain or one over-aggressive aircraft pilot to create an incident and set the stage for conflict.

Let's Bring Troops Home From Okinawa: Japanese Should Decide Own Defense Future

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.21.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

It would be far better to phase out America's military presence on Okinawa, turning U.S. bases back to the Japanese government. More than seven decades after the end of World War II, Japan's defense should be the responsibility of Tokyo, not Washington.

Washington Turns Every Military Alliance Into Welfare

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

One could at least argue during the Cold War that it was in America's interest to defend countries even if they would not protect themselves. No longer. Washington faces no hegemonic threat, no ideological competitor, no international peer.

Who Will Win World War III?

Peter Navarro | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

At the start of World War II, the combined economies of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were only half the size of the United States. If for no other reason than the sheer weight of its factories and work force, America thereby held the strategic high ground.

Uncle Sam Should Close Its Nuclear Umbrella Over Asia

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Although American policymakers prefer to assume that what has ever been must ever be, Trump was right when he argued that "At some point, we cannot be the policeman of the world," which, alas, now is nuclear.

Senkaku Suicide Scenarios: China vs. Ameripan

Peter Navarro | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

It's now only a matter of time before an increasingly well-armed People's Liberation Army attempts to take the Senkaku Islands by force.

Mearsheimer on Strangling China & the Inevitability of War

Peter Navarro | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

REPRINTED BY PERMISSION OF REAL CLEAR DEFENSE As part of the research for my Crouching Tiger book on the rise of China's military and its companio...

China Should Be Concerned About the Hague Tribunal

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.04.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

On October 29th, in a unanimous decision, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague issued its first, preliminary ruling concerning whether the Tribunal has 'jurisdiction' over the issues raised by the Philippines against China's so called 'nine-dash line' in the South China Sea.

Finally, Standing Up to Pacific Bullying

Robert J. Natter | Posted 11.02.2016 | World
Robert J. Natter

In a case of better late than never, the Obama Administration on October 27 dispatched the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen to breach China's newly-claimed 12-mile zone around one of its just-completed artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea.

Be Tough, Not Stupid, In Dealing with China

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.16.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

U.S. policy toward the People's Republic of China is an important political issue. Trade, proliferation, human rights, cyberwar, security, and more are at stake in how the existing superpower and emerging great power get along in coming years.

Enduring China-Japan Hatreds Risk Renewed Conflict Involving U.S.

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.04.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

While the U.S. and Japan have no aggressive designs on China, Beijing understandably looks uneasily at the alliance of its old enemy with the globe's dominant power. Thus, China is developing a military capable of confronting American as well as Japanese military action, no easy task.

America and China Face the 21st Century: Replace Confrontation with Cooperation

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Goldstein performs two critical tasks in his new book, Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging U.S.-China Rivalry (Georgetown University Press). First, he acknowledges the legitimacy of the PRC's desire for a greater international role. Second, he offers a strategy of cooperation for the two nations, which includes recognizing natural but much-reviled "spheres of influence."

The U.S. and China Should Not Risk War Over a "Damn Fool Thing" in the South China Sea

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.04.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Some territorial claims are easy. Often, however, history disdains simplicity. In this case, there is a complex mix of control, historical practice, international law and treaty. In the view of most observers, Beijing's claims are extravagant. Yet, they are not unprecedented.

Confronting China Over Other Nations' Territorial Disputes: Not in America's Interest

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

None of the claims generating so much controversy is worth war. China is carefully using "salami tactics," successively grabbing small pieces of a larger whole to avoid a conflict. But who is prepared to fight even for the larger whole?

Could Sweden's 'Singing Sailor' Prevent the U.S. and China from Going to War?

John Wagner Givens | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
John Wagner Givens

Hawks argue that allowing China to expand its influence in the South China Sea would set a dangerous precedent. Yet this concern is overblown. The only precedent being set is that no one is going to bother to stop China from asserting sovereignty over some handfuls of uninhabited rocks.

The Rule of Law Is China's Challenge in the South China Sea

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The PRC has become masterful at playing the international system against itself, whether on issues related to maritime law or development finance, as has been skillfully demonstrated with the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Terrorist Killings Illustrate Why Japan Must Join the World and Defend Itself

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The tragic killing of the two hostages reinforced domestic concerns over Japanese rearmament. If they want to reinforce their (recent) pacifist heritage, so be it. But they should not then expect Washington to protect them. Serious countries defend themselves. They don't turn their futures over to other nations to save a little money.

Is Japan Becoming Expansionist?

Ichiro Fujisaki | Posted 03.26.2015 | World
Ichiro Fujisaki

The majority of Japanese citizens are proud of what we have achieved over the last 70 years. No, we will never become expansionists again, never.

China's Challenge in the South China Sea

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Philippines' attempt to haul China to an international tribunal is a problem because it is invoking the very compulsory jurisdiction which China has disavowed since 2006.

Not Just an Island, But a Bridge: Japan's Thorny South Becomes Its Greatest Global Asset

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Joshua W. Walker

As China becomes increasingly more aggressive to U.S. allies in the region, America's significant presence in Okinawa has never been more necessary. But the devil remains in the details of how 33 military bases across the island can be most efficiently dispersed and leveraged.

Chinese General Slams Japan And The U.S. At Security Meeting

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2014 | World

By Rachel Armstrong and Raju Gopalakrishnan SINGAPORE, June 1 (Reuters) - When Japan's defense minister greeted the deputy chief of st...

Asia-Pacific Pivot: Obama Trip So Far As Important for What Hasn't Happened As for What Has Happened

William Bradley | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the shouting but, notably, not shooting continues in the Ukraine crisis, and the Middle East peace process collapses, President Barack Obama is in the middle of his four-nation Asia-Pacific tour. How's it going, amidst very predictable distractions from Russia and Israel? Fair to middling.