Geopolitico

Thitinan Pongsudhirak: The geopolitical ripples of Thailand's coup

BANGKOK -- Thailand's May 22 military coup has generated striking geopolitical divides across the globe, as seen in the range of responses, from Washington and Beijing to Southeast Asian and European capitals and beyond. Western powers, particularly ...

  • Japan, China neck and neck in Asian popularity contest

    The rivalry between China and Japan is heating up. Recent confrontations in the East China Sea have only complicated the countries' long-standing economic competition, in which growing portions of the region's population see China, not Japan, as the ...

  • Humphrey Hawksley: How to manage the end of North Korea

    Amid ever-growing debate about tensions and the balance of power in East Asia lies a strategic and diplomatic challenge with far reaching consequences that has yet to be substantively addressed. There is a wall of silence from world governments o...

  • Seoul-Beijing bond more fragile than it looks -- but it's still an issue for Tokyo

    SEOUL -- Relations between Beijing and Seoul appear to be at a high point, but a closer look suggests their bond is built on a shaky foundation. Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Seoul on July 3-4 for talks with his South Korean counterpart, P...

  • Michael Auslin: Indonesia poll marks fork in road

    Indonesians on July 9 will vote in the third presidential election since the collapse of former President Suharto's regime in 1998. After a decade of rule by current President and former General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesians will choose betwe...

  • Thailand's 'polite coup' should put itself on right side of history:David Streckfuss

    Thailand's military junta has dubbed its May 22 overthrow of the government the "polite coup." The summons, detention and interrogation of hundreds of politicians, academics, artists and activists were generally politely limited to less than seven-da...

  • Daniel Twining: Is the "Chinese Dream" Asia's nightmare?

    "We don't think China wants to rule the world. China just wants to rule us," remarked an anxious Southeast Asian official on the sidelines of the recent Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, the largest annual gathering of Asian security experts and offi...

  • Peter Tasker: What happened to the Beijing Consensus?

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must pinch himself sometimes to prove he isn't dreaming. The series of successes he has racked up since taking office are surely beyond his greatest hopes. His first year in office saw the strongest rise in...

  • Sam Roggeveen: Security forum highlights Asia's new confrontational era

    The diplomats, military officers, journalists and academics who gathered in Singapore for Asia's premier annual forum on security issues and defense diplomacy on May 30 witnessed an extraordinary display of regional jousting. In years to come, pe...

  • Asia and America need a confident Japan

    In the first half of the last century, it was growing Japanese power and ambition that brought turmoil to the Western Pacific. The irony in this century is that the American-led alliance system in Asia, needed to peacefully manage a rising China, is ...

  • Konstantin Sarkisov: Hostile to the West, Russia looks to rise in the East

    Afraid of further sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn't have the stomach for recognizing the "independence" of Russian-speaking provinces in eastern Ukraine. But whatever the eventual compromise, it will have a significant impact on glo...

  • David Steinberg: Logical dilemmas: the US and Myanmar

    A logical but highly arcane reason exists for the recent juxtaposition of seemingly contradictory U.S. actions related to Myanmar, although few observers, including Americans, would understand their relationship, and especially their timing. This is ...

  • Vietnam-China strife an old issue worth ending

    The historic discord between Vietnam and China is akin to the ancient family feud from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." The hostilities between the two countries reach further back than current generations can remember, just as they did between the ...

  • Innovation in sanctions lets US cut some bad guys out of global commerce

    NEW YORK -- The U.S. is increasingly using economic sanctions to exert pressure on countries that act against its interests and those of allies. The latest example is Russia, which has been sanctioned over its actions in Ukraine. The Nikkei recently ...

  • Cool heads needed to warm Japan's ties with China, South Korea

    TOKYO -- Anger and frustration often hinder the ability to see things rationally. When people fight with each other, they tend to look down on their opponent or wish ill for the other party. If this animosity is between two countries, it can caus...

  • Japan's big worry over Crimea situation -- China's ambitions

    TOKYO -- Broadly speaking, there are two types of diplomatic talks involving government leaders -- well-prepared meetings with conclusions decided in advance, and earnest talks without any prepared endgame. Leaders from the Group of Seven major d...

  • Jim Thomas: US, Japan forces must act together over assertive China

    There is growing concern in Washington, shared by Democrats and Republicans alike, about the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region. This concern stems from year-after-year increases in China's defense spending, its assertive behavior toward i...

  • Bruce Stokes: Despite protectionist image, Americans want freer trade with Japan

    President Barack Obama will make a state visit to Japan April 24-25, the first such formal journey to the Land of the Rising Sun by an American chief of state since President Bill Clinton's visit in 1996. High on the agenda in Obama's bilateral d...

  • Arthur Waldron: Japan needs its own military might

    With China's unmistakable climb toward the status of great military power, along with Beijing's unnerving but demonstrated willingness to use that power for purposes of territorial expansion, Japan faces two sets of national security problems. These ...

  • Yukie Yoshikawa: Okinawa deepens grass-roots ties with US

    In the painful aftermath of World War II, many Japanese scholars and businesspeople came to the realization that a lack of communication and mutual understanding across the Pacific contributed to that bloody conflict; they were determined to bridge t...