Tokyo and Seoul are indisputably Washington’s two most important allies in Asia. They are not only central to America’s security architecture for the region, they are also important economic partners and share common values such as democracy and a commitment to the rule of law. And yet the prospect of a deep and effective trilateral relationship among the three countries has proved elusive. Is there a path forward?
Seoul and Tokyo have been unable to put to rest the specter of various tensions.
An introduction to the cover story authors.
The thorny issues between Japan and South Korea hinder the US from achieving its regional policy goals.
South Korea’s often unique views are rooted in historical experience.
Finding the right mix of policies trilaterally.
Differences over the issue have festered between the two countries for decades. What obstacles remain?
Tips from recent Japan-US steps.
Domestic politics in Japan and South Korea have bedeviled US efforts to forge closer trilateral relations.
Seoul hasn’t convinced South Koreans of the value of stronger security co-operation with Japan.
Nothing has created as much uncertainty lately in Northeast Asia than the new US president.
The killing should not impede the new US President.
It is a fool’s errand to resume talks without change.
Why “pre-emptive recognition” of North Korea by the US might achieve a denuclearized peninsula.
How deep China’s concerns are and how they might be addressed.
Declaring itself a nuclear-weapons-free zone was just the start of Mongolia’s quest to forge a sustainable nuclear policy.
China’s ambition to see its currency used in the global financial system has risks, as South Korea has learned.
Policy-makers take note: the latest Asian Barometer Survey shows tectonic shifts.
The battle for soft-power supremacy among Great Powers in East Asia holds surprises.
Ideology, culture and domestic politics all play a role in Asian views of the super-powers’ influence. China may be gaining an edge.
The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century, by Stein Ringen.
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