Every year, hundreds of young English speakers drift into East Asia, looking to while away a couple of aimless years between college and the inevitable round of grad school applications that await them back home. Korea is an especially popular destination: The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education alone plans to hire 655 foreign teachers in [...]
The cozy facade of Beijing-Seoul relations has unraveled in recent weeks amid territorial disputes and maritime law enforcement between the two nations.
China has sought to cultivate warmer ties with South Korea by exploiting shared historical issues against Japan. The ploy is aimed at splitting the U.S.-led geopolitical alliance in the western Pacific.
With South [...]
The article mentions four primary factors endangering Northeast Asia:
China as an emerging power. Japan’s drive to make a comeback as a regional power. Russia’s tougher stance against the West. North Korea’s threats complicating regional problems.
The article doesn’t mention the biggest factor of all – the decline of the US. All of these factors [...]
Last week President Barack Obama embarked on his great reassurance tour of Asia. America’s allies need not fear. No matter how wealthy, influential, or powerful, they can count on Washington’s continuing protection.
So it is with the Republic of Korea (ROK), with which the U.S. fought a brutal war against North Korea and China, backed [...]
While major conflicts have been deterred, it is unclear whether Japan and South Korea are reassured. Publicly and in private discussions, Japanese and South Korean officials insist that they trust US defense commitments. But they ask revealing questions about the conditions under which the United States would act, and how it would do so. They [...]
Ieodo is a manmade platform affixed to an undersea rock (named Socotra) in the Yellow Sea. For a map and an aerial photo see Cumberland’s website, www.cumber.com. The direct link is http://www.cumber.com/content/special/ieodo-1.jpg. The platform is Korean, and the facility is an oceanographic research station. South Korea built the platform and claims [...]
South Korea announced on Sunday that it has expanded its air defense zone so far south as to overlap with part of China’s similarly expanded air zone, in a move that could increase tensions in the region.
The new zone announced by South Korea’s Defense Ministry takes in two territorial islands and a submerged rock [...]
South Korea has declared an expanded air defence zone overlapping one recently announced by China that has sharply increased regional tensions.
Seoul’s defence ministry said on Sunday its new zone, which will take effect on December 15, would cover Ieodo – a submerged rock reef in waters off its south coast, which China calls Suyan.
South Korea is finalizing plans to expand its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in response to China establishing the East China Sea ADIZ, local newspapers are reporting.
According to a number of local reports, ROK National Security Office chief Kim Jang-soo convened a meeting of top South Korean security officials on Sunday to [...]
“With regard to activity within the zone, nothing will happen — for a while,” said June Teufel Dreyer, a China expert at the University of Miami. “Then the zone will become gradually enforced more strictly. The Japanese will continue to protest, but not much more, to challenge it.”
That may wear down Japan and effectively [...]