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East Asia

The Dance of Superpowers

John Feffer | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

The US and China are engaged in a dance of global partnership in which the two tightly embrace or wriggle warily in tandem at a distance, depending on the background music. At the same time, where there is overlap in the perceived spheres of influence, the music stops and the two countries argue over who calls the tune.

The United States Should Give China Breathing Room to Rise Peacefully

Ivan Eland | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

The Chinese may be authoritarians and the Americans may be more pluralistic, but China does have legitimate security concerns, and the U.S. military is in China's face, not vice versa.

Pine Nuts: Mongol Style

Nomin Dari | Posted 12.09.2014 | Travel
Nomin Dari

As I am walking through the forest, my Mongolian friend, Baagi, throws up a bulky stick up into the branches of a pine tree. I stand cautiously back and look up to see two pinecones fall to the ground.

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms

John Feffer | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

This is an ideal moment for Asia to offer a different approach to settling the myriad conflicts that have bedeviled the region for years. If Asia bids farewell to arms as a means of solving conflicts, it can set a powerful example for the rest of the world.

Infrastructure and Spaghetti Investing

Michael Likosky | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Michael Likosky

Investing in infrastructure can shave time off of our commute. That won't get us out of our economic crisis, although it would be great.

Philippines' Infrastructure Conundrum: Prematurely Hosting the World Economic Forum?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Despite several years of above-average economic growth, lack of inclusive development is a huge concern. Without proper infrastructure, the Philippines will continue to struggle to attract high-quality investment from abroad.

True Lessons of East Asian Education

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Jung-kyu Kim

Having studied in both Korea and the U.S., we do not find much to admire about the Korean education system. For all its faults, the "liberal" American system cultivates initiative and ingenuity like no other, a fact which might explain why the U.S. still leads the world in technological and cultural innovation.

China's Long-Range Salami Tactics In East Asia

Nayan Chanda | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Nayan Chanda

Western policy makers, guided as they are by political election cycles, are no match for China's patient, long-range strategy of salami slicing to recover its past hegemonic position.

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.

Japan's Resurgent Nationalism

John Feffer | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Just in case anyone was in doubt of his intentions, Shinzo Abe made a high-profile visit to Yasukuni Shrine in December, the first time for a Japanese prime minister in seven years. The real reason for Abe's visit, which elicited predictable outrage from Korea and China, was that he felt that he could get away with it.

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

China's Dual Challenges

David W. Kearn | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
David W. Kearn

Fears over China's rise to regional preeminence in Asia are logically driven by its expanding economic and military power.

Korea's Public Diplomacy Opportunity

Philip Seib | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Philip Seib

As a cornerstone of a state's public diplomacy, being admired for being resolute and standing for something will likely be more valuable than the mere gestures that too often pass for substantive policy.

Why U.S. Policy in East Asia is Dangerous

Ivan Eland | Posted 09.28.2013 | World
Ivan Eland

The United States--retaining its mid-Pacific military outposts, such as Hawaii and Guam--could be more secure even if it gradually abrogated all of its formal and informal alliances in East Asia.

The Climate Is Changing In East Asia

Renat Heuberger | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Renat Heuberger

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions means, first and foremost, reducing the consumption of coal, oil and gas. But what does this mean for fast-growing economies in East Asia, hungry for inexpensive energy?

Why Economic Growth Happens in Some Places and Not in Others?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.01.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Have you ever wondered why, sometimes, poverty continues to increase in countries that grow super-fast? Take the case of India, a model of economic take-off.

Illness and Treatment: Curing Human Rights Neglect in Taiwan

Jack Healey | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Jack Healey

The government of Taiwan is attempting to levy a political punishment on Chen Shui-bian that includes a increasing likelihood of death. There is a cure for human rights malaise in Taiwan: Provide complete access to independent medical evaluation and care for Chen Shui-bian now.

PHOTOS: 5 Can't-Miss Scuba Spots

Smithsonian | Posted 08.04.2012 | Travel
Smithsonian

So we go, tanks and tubes and valves flowing with pressurized air, into the finest Scuba diving destinations in the world.

How the U.S. Should Stay Relevant in Asia

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 01.18.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

It is China's actions and refusal to listen to the concerns of its neighbors that have created an opening for the United States to increase its involvement.

East Asian Inspirations for Egypt

Dr. Hischam El-Agamy | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Dr. Hischam El-Agamy

It is very important that Egypt should succeed: not only for the 85 million Egyptians (expected to be 100 million by 2025), but also for the entire Arab world (currently at 350 million, expected to reach 590 million by 2050).

Obama's Chance to Lead on Trade

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

President Obama is in Seoul today for what promises to be a contentious meeting of the world's leading economic powers. He probably won't mollify Chin...

TIME: How South Korea's Naval Ship Really Sank

TIME | Bill Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On a chilly spring evening late last March, a South Korean naval ship called the Cheonan was conducting routine exercises in waters just off the coast...

Day One in Padang, Indonesia: Aid Worker Arrives in Earthquake Zone

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

In all my years of working in the aid world, starting in 1978 in Indonesia, I have never witnessed such a rapid and relentless series of crises as I've seen this week.

Strong Indonesian Quake Kills 32, Flattens Homes

AP | IRWIN FEDRIANSYAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CIKANGKARENG, Indonesia — Rescuers dug through rocks and debris with their bare hands Thursday in search of dozens of villagers believed buried ...

Palin Punked?

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shannyn Moore

If CLSA's purpose is comic relief in hiring Sarah Palin to speak, they may get their moneys worth... that's if she shows up.