Everyone else in East Asia knows how to behave - with practised disdain for those around them. China hates Japan. Vietnam hates China. Everybody hates North Korea. North Korea hates everybody. Basically, we all know where we stand.Thursday, 6 June, 2013, 2:10am
Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will reassure allies in a trip to East Asia this week that the US intends to "follow through" on its promised strategic shift to the Pacific region, American officials said.30 May 2013 - 1:36am
Talk about China's ambitions and excesses with mainland officials, scholars and students, and the phrase "just look at what the US does" surfaces with crushing inevitability.26 Feb 2013 - 4:00am
With new leaderships in place in China, Japan and South Korea, hopes are high about opportunities for better co-operation in East Asia. Expectations are particularly high for South Korea's Park Geun-hye, who will be inaugurated today as the first female head of state in northeast Asia.25 Feb 2013 - 2:52am
Whether East Asia's politicians and pundits like it or not, the region's international relations are more akin to 19th-century European balance-of-power politics than to the stable Europe of today. Witness East Asia's rising nationalism, territorial disputes, and lack of effective institutional mechanisms for security co-operation.1 Feb 2013 - 3:02am
The world watches in bewilderment as two of its largest economies inch ever closer to war. It's all the more puzzling given that the countries have become close trading partners in recent years and the arguments between them seem trivial.
Their economies are so interdependent that any confrontation - let alone a full-scale war - would surely bring ruin to all.30 Jan 2013 - 9:15am
Japan's incoming prime minister said yesterday he would send a special envoy to Seoul to meet South Korea's president-elect, in an early attempt to mend frayed ties.
Shinzo Abe will send a senior official from his Liberal Democratic Party to deliver a letter to Park Geun-hye.22 Dec 2012 - 3:27am
Just days after the return of the hawkish Shinzo Abe to power in Japan, South Koreans today head to the ballot box to elect their new president.19 Dec 2012 - 4:23am
The prospect of failed US presidential candidate John Kerry becoming the next US secretary of state throws up a number of intriguing questions for the East Asian region. One of the key ones is: will familiarity breed contempt?18 Dec 2012 - 2:03am
Hongkongers have defied a myth that East Asian men can't grow much facial hair - and all for a good cause, raising awareness of prostate cancer in a month-long campaign.2 Dec 2012 - 3:28am 1 comment
Changing times necessitate new thinking. Japanese who believe that their country's security alliance with the US has become a hindrance rather than a benefit certainly think so. An alleged rape by American servicemen in Okinawa, home to about half of the 47,000 US troops in the country, has amplified calls for a reshaping of relations.23 Oct 2012 - 3:27am 3 comments
The Asian Development Bank cut most of its 2012 and 2013 growth estimates for developing Asia on Wednesday as a slump in global demand weighs on the region’s powerhouses China and India and on its export-dependent economies.3 Oct 2012 - 11:51am
When former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa came out to discuss the health of China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, it served as a reminder that the 18th national congress of the Communist Party is drawing near.5 Oct 2012 - 10:21am 1 comment
Tensions in Northeast Asia are rising sharply. Small islets - most unable to support human habitation - are the friction points. These are long-standing disputes, with the Senkaku/Diaoyu chain claimed by Japan and China, while the Dokdo/Takeshima islands are contested between South Korea and Japan.23 Aug 2012 - 2:08pm
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's decision to wade into the dangerous waters of regional diplomacy over the disputed Diaoyu Islands raises vital questions about the future of Hong Kong's place in the region.
Could it be that Leung is prepared to liberate Hong Kong from the twilight world of its post-handover role in East Asia? If so, it would not be before time.31 Aug 2012 - 1:26pm