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Is Japan Becoming Expansionist?

Ichiro Fujisaki | Posted 01.24.2015 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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.

Leaders Of China And Japan Hold Ice-Breaking Meeting

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 01.09.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — An uneasy handshake Monday between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked the first meeting betwe...

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.

Ukraine Diplomatic Deal: Necessary Next Steps

Michael Shank | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Beyond economic aid to Ukraine and other Eastern European nations, we have identified four overarching themes that should be reinforced and reaffirmed by Congress and the administration.

U.S.: Don't Even Think About Pulling A Crimea In Asia, China

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2014 | World

(Adds comment from Chinese foreign ministry) By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) - China should not doubt ...

Asia-Pacific Pivot: A New Cold War (Just Not the One You Think)

William Bradley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Who would win in a hot war between Japan and China? The more limited the scope of the engagement, the better the chance for Japan to prevail. While China has more ships and planes, Japan has better ships and planes, with more maneuvering experience.

Is Asia in 2014 Like Europe in 1914?

Yoon Young-kwan | Posted 03.29.2014 | World
Yoon Young-kwan

China's efforts to enhance its influence as a rising power in an assertive way will backfire and result in an unintended encirclement of China by her neighbors. The irony is that this 'security dilemma' was exactly what happened in Europe when Kaiser Wilhelm II, confident of rising power of Germany, began to practice a muscular diplomacy in1890.

If The U.S. And Japan Don't Deter China, Dominos Will Fall

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Yoichi Funabashi, former editor-in-chief of Japan’s leading paper, Asahi Shimbun, is chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation and a membe...

China Needs to Decide What It Wants To Be

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

For decades the Chinese government has deployed both soft and hard power to promote China's influence and status, while at the same time discouraging interference in Chinese affairs.

Chinese Balloon Lands In Middle Of Island Dispute With Japan

Reuters | Posted 03.03.2014 | World

(Adds Chinese Defence Ministry statement) By Junko Fujita TOKYO, Jan 2 (Reuters) - A Chinese man landed himself, litera...

From Sarajevo to the Senkakus: The Road to World War III?

Peter Navarro | Posted 02.07.2014 | World
Peter Navarro

Rationally, it makes little sense for it to risk its economic growth over a conflict in the East China Sea. However, China's bullying bid for the Senkaku Islands is part of a much broader strategy.

China's Rally 'Round the Flag Effect

Thomas White | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

It could be any number of domestic ails that pushed China to manufacture an international power struggle. It's likely that whatever the problem(s) they see as threatening to their power influenced the decision to stoke the embers of the long-disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku island battle.

China Japan USA

Jeff Danziger | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


China Scrambles Planes To Investigate U.S. Flights

AP | IAN MADER | Posted 11.29.2013 | World

BEIJING (AP) — China said it launched two fighter planes Friday to investigate flights by a dozen U.S. and Japanese reconnaissance and military plan...

China Angry Over Japan's Fighter Jet Scrambles

AP | Posted 06.18.2013 | World

BEIJING — China accused Japan of raising regional tensions with its increased use of fighter jets to monitor Chinese aircraft that approach a cl...

Navigating Tensions in the East China Sea

Stephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
Stephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt

China's response to Japan's move last year to nationalize the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands could well lead to a predicament familiar to other great powers: getting stuck in a conflict it doesn't really want.

China Threatens Japan In Islands Dispute

AP | Posted 03.02.2013 | World

BEIJING -- China has issued another scathing attack on Japan over an islands dispute, just days ahead of the opening of the Chinese national legislatu...

China, the Philippines and the Rule of Law

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Can a state remain a party to a treaty or convention without being bound by its rules? Can contracting states adhere to an international legal regime and simultaneously opt out of any binding force required or to be required by that regime?

DSM-5 for Dummies

Francis Levy | Posted 02.27.2013 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Even without having looked at the new DSM-5, here are some of new redefinitions that might run through the mind of a layperson who has followed some of the controversies surrounding diagnosis.

Chinese Film Screens in Tokyo International Film Festival Despite Political Conflict

Karin Badt | Posted 12.23.2012 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The buzz at the opening gala party of this year's Tokyo International Film Festival among journalists was whether the intensifying Japan-China conflict about the Senkaku Islands was going to affect the festival.

Chinese Warships Put Japan On Edge

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 12.16.2012 | World

TOKYO -- Japanese military officials said they closely watching seven Chinese warships spotted in waters off a southern island Tuesday. It was unclear...

Is Japan Turning to the Right?

Ichiro Fujisaki | Posted 12.10.2012 | World
Ichiro Fujisaki

The days of using force or coercion, whether military or economic, to solve disputes over land should be left in the last century. Let us not forget that we are already deep into the 21stcentury. No, Japan is not turning to the right. We will continue to go on straight.