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East Asia

Will Indonesia's idea for an Asian peace treaty fly?

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 Hagel to reassure East Asian allies on trip

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

With drone plan, China seems to be learning America's unilateral ways

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

Strategic mistrust a useful ally in Korean Peninsula

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

The major power shift at play in East Asia must not end in war

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

Lack of trust clouds strategies of China, Japan and the US in East Asia

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 Shinzo Abe sending envoy to see South Korea's Park Geun-hye

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

South Koreans head to ballot box to elect new president

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

John Kerry's familiarity in Asia - a plus, or a minus?

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

Hong Kong men end moustache campaign for prostate cancer

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