Eastern Asia

Asia’s Problems Must Be Solved by Asian Countries

A series of recent events involving China, Japan and India allows us to revisit the theme of the growing influence of these three leading Asian countries on the nature of developments in the Indo-Pacific region. This fact is of particular importance against the backdrop of the continuing decline of the US role in the world […]

On Russia’s Foreign Minister’s Visit to Seoul

On March 23 – 25, 2021, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, visited South Korea. This was Lavrov’s first visit to Seoul since 2013, when he accompanied President Vladimir Putin. And before that, Lavrov had visited Seoul in 2009, after a trip to North Korea. This year’s event, devoted to the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relationship […]

The So-Called ‘Cold War 2.0’ Isn’t about Nuclear Weapons & Missiles

The so-called ‘Cold War 2.0’ brewing between the US and China/Russia bears little resemblance to the post Second World War scenario. The present scenario is different in two fundamental ways: it does not have roots in two opposing ideologies of communism and capitalism, with one trying to overwhelm the other, and it is least about […]

Europeans Join the Propaganda Attacks on China due to the Situation in the XUAR

The situation in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is shifting toward the center of the propaganda attacks being waged against it by the United States, along with some of its European allies. At the same time, other national autonomous regions in the PRC (primarily Tibet), Hong Kong, and the issue of Taiwan are anything but […]

On Malaysia and the DPRK Breaking of Diplomatic Relations

On March 19, 2021, the DPRK announced a complete break in diplomatic relations with Malaysia, accusing Kuala Lumpur of illegally extraditing a North Korean citizen to US authorities. The DPRK Foreign Ministry said in a statement published by the KCNA news agency that “Malaysian authorities committed an unpardonable crime by forcibly transferring an innocent DPRK […]

Will a China Real Estate Collapse Trigger the Global Meltdown?

Prevailing financial sector “wisdom” holds that while the bond and stock markets of the US and EU are dangerously inflated following huge COVID borrowings and unprecedented central bank measures, that China is the one example of a market suitable for investment as it has managed to get beyond COVID and restart its economy. A closer look […]