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  • Jonathan Berkshire Miller & Xu Yao
    Japan and China Both Eye Strategic Game in South Asia
    Nov 21 — The past few years have seen a consistent and marked deterioration in the China-Japan relationship, highlighted by tensions over history as well as their territorial dispute in the East China Sea. Even as there appear to be signs of a gradual thaw in the bilateral strain following the recent meeting between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, strategic comp... Read More
  • Mel Gurtov
    The Abe-Xi Mini-Summit: A Positive Moment
    Nov 19 — The Chinese have a diplomatic tradition of “drawing from strength to offset weakness” (qu chang bu duan). The tradition was on display recently when China’s President Xi Jinping met with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo in Beijing. By all accounts it was a somewhat frosty meeting, lasting less than a half hour. Official photos showed two unsmiling leaders shaking hands while not looking ... Read More
  • Walter C. Clemens, Jr
    Japan 1931 and Russia 2014
    Nov 17 — How does Japan’s invasion of Manchuria in 1931 relate to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014? The earlier event triggered wide condemnation of Japan’s actions and led to the ostracism of Tokyo. How will the international community respond to Russia’s interventions in Ukraine, such as backing elections in a breakaway “republic” and continuing to be involved militarily in Eastern Ukraine, ... Read More
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