First, let’s take Flash (Dec. 17), which ran a “Simulated breakout of war over the Senkakus,” with Mamoru Sato, a former Air Self-Defense Force general, providing editorial supervision. Flash’s scenario has the same tense tone as a Clancy novel, including dialog. On a day in August 2014, a radar operator instructs patrolling F-15J pilots to [...]
South Korea and China raised concerns that the Dec. 6 enactment of the state secrets protection law is putting Japan on the path of becoming a nation ready to go to war.
“Japan has entered a course to change into ‘an ordinary nation,’” said the South Korean Dong-A Ilbo newspaper in a Dec. 7 article. [...]
‘It means that the equilibrium of Asia is being deranged. We should expect the risk of armed conflict [with China] to grow unless and until the United States moves decisively to repair its defenses and reinforce its alliances.’
So after a long period of time Asia has reached a tipping point: Stable state (peace) to [...]
‘The precedent of allowing China to assert sovereignty of such a vital section of international airspace would be ominous.’; [Referring to China's new ADIZ over the East China Sea]
President Obama’s greatest failures have been in foreign policy, and those failures pose immense danger to our nation.
As China becomes more confident, more nationalistic, more [...]
‘What we are dealing with is a great power collision of epochal proportions.’
‘I was shown detailed maps tracing movements of Chinese DDG warships and Yuan-class submarines that left me deeply alarmed over where this is going’
What we are dealing with is a great power collision of epochal proportions.
“The Asian arms race is [...]
These are important questions, but it’s worth zooming out and considering the more fundamental causes for tension in Northeast Asia. Here, the issues become more complex. Is China’s aggression caused by a new president trying to establish his legitimacy? Or is it, instead, an attempt to capitalize on domestic anti-Japanese sentiment? Does the conflict reflect [...]
‘Beijing’s East China Sea “air defense identification zone,” …, is only the beginning.’
Get used to the tensions in the Western Pacific. They may become the new normal.
Territorial disputes among China, its neighbors and the U.S. are destined to be commonplace, international analysts say, as Chinese leaders continue a concerted push to extend their [...]
Rising geopolitical tensions between China, Japan, and the U.S. will inevitably have serious economic repercussions. Beijing should have thought twice.
In Beijing, advocates of a tough foreign policy must be patting themselves on the back for a brilliant tactical move that puts Tokyo on the spot. But those in charge of China’s troubled economy [...]
The standoff between Japan and China over the islands known as the Diaoyu in China and the Senkaku in Japan, is a toxic mix of two rising nationalisms and unresolved mutual resentments. Add to that the uncertain steps of the US, divided between its formal security obligations to Japan and its powerful [...]
Beijing, in its dispute with Japan, risks repeating the errors of an earlier era that led to war
Will we sustain an open global economy while also managing tensions between a rising autocracy and democracies in relative economic decline? That was the question posed by the arrival of imperial Germany as Europe’s leading economic and [...]