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New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-28 - Original post - cached version

The Minister of Justice position is deemed to be extremely important in South Korea because an individual in this post is responsible for overseeing rule of law and security institutions, particularly law enforcement agencies. De facto in this person’s power to undermine any given...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-27 - Original post - cached version

So, on September 16th, after separate votes were taken in both chambers of the Japanese parliament, Yoshihide Suga was approved as the new Prime Minister, replacing Shinzo Abe, who left this post one year ahead of schedule, before the end of his last (and third in a row) three-year term...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

On September 2, 2020, the main opposition force of the Republic of Korea, the conservative United Future Party changed its name. Of the three options proposed to the leadership of the party, the name People’s Power Party (PPP) was chosen.  The new name implies “the power coming from the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version

On 16 September 2020 Yoshihide Suga, the former Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, was appointed as the prime minister after Shinzo Abe retired due to chronic health problems.  Suga will head the ruling party until the end of September 2021, meaning until Shinzo Abe’s term of office...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-18 - Original post - cached version

In September 2020 two scandals unfolded simultaneously in South Korea, both of which can tell us a lot about popular attitudes to racism and bullying in that country.

On the one hand there is the fuss about the singer Lee Hyori, who, talking on MBC’s “Hangout with Yoo” chat show...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-16 - Original post - cached version

On August 29, 2020, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Nak-yon was elected chairman of the ruling Democratic Party Toburo. He received 60.77% of the delegates’ votes. His rivals for the leadership of the ruling party were former Interior Minister Kim Boo-kyum and National...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

In the last two or three months, leading media around the world have been paying attention to the “imminent” signing of a bilateral document, described as a Trade and Military Partnership, between China and Iran.

The New York Times claims to obtain “an 18-page proposed agreement...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-13 - Original post - cached version

In the United States, participants in the presidential election that will be held on November 3, have been determined. The Republican nominee is the White House’s current head, Donald Trump, and the Democratic nominee is former Vice President Joe Biden. In this context, the Ministry of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

In some very rare cases, it is better to read British conservative, right-wing press, like The Economist or the Telegraph, instead of the mainstream liberal sheets like The Independent or The Guardian. That is if one wants to come somehow closer to the truth.

The Economist is...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Only a few days ago, the author discussed what could be behind the move to leave out the “Republic of China” (ROC) title on the official name plate of the Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland (which practically none of the nations recognize as a state). And, more...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-08 - Original post - cached version

In recent years, against its own volition the world has witnessed a rapid deterioration in US-Chinese relations, which have already landed on a low level that has not been seen throughout the entire history of their official contacts since 1979. As Fox News reports, even US Secretary of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-07 - Original post - cached version

President Xi Jinping’s speech at the 7th Central Symposium on Tibet Work on August 29 (an event seemingly dedicated to some of the country’s domestic issues) included quite a noteworthy message on foreign policy stemming from two inter-connected issues: the history of the Tibet...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-03 - Original post - cached version

For years now Western media and governments have maintained an almost ceaseless barrage against China over what they claim are networks of “internment camps” built and used in China’s western Xinjiang region to persecute the Uyghur ethnic minority.

These claims are a mix of half-...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-03 - Original post - cached version

The political career of Shinzo Abe, one of the most prominent leaders in modern history of Japan, which began in the second half of the 19th century with the Meiji Restoration, is coming to an end. Its key periods were his two stints at the nation’s helm. The first lasted only one year (...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-02 - Original post - cached version

On August 20, 2020, behind closed doors, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service presented to the National Assembly a report that evoked the latest round of commotion regarding the North Korean leader’s fitness to serve.

Members of the media reported that Kim Byung-kee, a...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-31 - Original post - cached version

In yet another report about the Taiwan issue, the author, unfortunately, has nothing positive to say once again. Taiwan continues to dutifully contribute its share to one of the most painful problems plaguing the relationship between the two world powers.

In August of this year,...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-31 - Original post - cached version

On August 12, 2020, South Korea’s newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reported that the DPRK had “launched a clampdown on the ownership of pet dogs among the Pyongyang elite” as food supplies ran short. An unnamed source cited in the article stated that Kim Jong-un had “issued a ban on pet...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-27 - Original post - cached version

It is not difficult to imagine as to why China is at the heart of the US presidential elections debate. The current US president has been nourishing an anti-China narrative ever since he became the president in 2016, moving from starting a ‘trade war’ with China to making deals and then...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Recently, the author reported about US-South Korea combined military drills that are usually held in March and April. North Korea has kept a close watch over the exercises that are linked to preparations for the transfer of wartime Operational Control Authority (OPCON) to the Republic of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-26 - Original post - cached version

In the chronicle of how the situation is developing in the region covered by the Indian and Pacific oceans, alas, there are no positive trends that will please readers. To exacerbate the confrontation here between the two leading world powers, the United States and China, recently more...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-25 - Original post - cached version

For the past months the Peoples’ Republic of China has been subject to one after the other devastating shocks to its agriculture sector. A deadly outbreak of African Swine Fever that halved China’s huge pig herds in 2019, was followed by infestation from a plague of fall armyworms (FAW)...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-24 - Original post - cached version

NEO is constantly monitoring the timeline of events in deteriorating relations between the world’s two largest economic powers, yet one always hopes that there will be at least a little good news to tell readers about this time. Thus far, the bilateral trade agreement signed on January...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-21 - Original post - cached version

The Coda Story – a media front funded and created by and for the US government, its “Atlanticist” partners, and the corporate interests driving the vast majority of Western foreign policy – recently ran a smear against alternative media figures questioning the US-led “Uyghur-Xinjiang”...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-21 - Original post - cached version

The current state of affairs in Hong Kong and Taiwan remains one of the key sources of tensions plaguing the relationship between the two world powers, i.e. the United States and the PRC.

There was yet another rise in anti-Chinese sentiment in Washington in response to the passing...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-21 - Original post - cached version

From 16-28 August 2020, the armed forces of the United States and South Korea will hold scheduled joint exercises inside South Korea. Those, in turn, will be preceded by joint exercises held by the two countries to work through emergency response actions; these will take place from 11-14...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-19 - Original post - cached version

The term “decoupling” has started to appear more and more often in reports dedicated to the current state of US-China relations after, on April 17, The Wall Street Journal published results of a survey of 25 large US companies operating in the PRC, conducted by the American Chamber of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Many political scientists could not but notice and weigh in on a trend on the global arena – Japan is not particularly quickly yet steadfastly gaining a foothold in the Indian Ocean (and not only in the regions of the Middle East and North Africa). This process appears to be shaping, in...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-18 - Original post - cached version

We continue to track a series of scandals related to the fact that a number of NGOs that were involved in the protection of “comfort women”, as it turned out, spent the money on promoting themselves and their leaders, and not on the needs of the victim grandmothers they were commissioned...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Although it has already been 75 years since World War II ended, when the territorial divisions that now demarcate various parts of the world were drawn through a series of international treaties and laws, politicians in a number of countries continue to exploit territorial issues in...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-14 - Original post - cached version

The author has reported, on more than one occasion, that over the course of the history-related dispute between Japan and South Korea, the issue of comfort women is being gradually replaced with that of forced labor. In fact, its victims are trying to receive as much compensation from...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-12 - Original post - cached version

On the night of July 10, 2020, the body of the 64-year-old mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, who had taken his own life, was found in the woods of Mount Bugak in northern Seoul.  The liberal politician and human rights activist, Park Won-soon, was a member of the ruling Democratic Party of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

On 30 July of this year, Li Teng-hui, who served as the President of Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) from 1988-2000, died in a hospital in Taipei at the age of 97. In some way or another, most of the world’s leading publications and many statesmen have expressed their opinions...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-10 - Original post - cached version

On July 28, 2020, South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks over the phone with New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. According to official reports, the South Korean leader requested New Zealand’s support for South Korea’s candidate running to be the World Trade Organization’s...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-04 - Original post - cached version

It is time to stop irresponsible finger-pointing.

All over the world, as this essay is being written, well over 17 million COVID-19 cases have been reported, and 676,000 people died. And instead of concentrating on serious research, trying to save human lives and attempting to...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-04 - Original post - cached version

On July 26, 2020, North Korea reported for the first time a case of a person suspected of having COVID-19. According to the Korean Central News Agency, a person with suspected virus symptoms “illegally crossed” the border of the DPRK on July 19. He was detected in Kaesong City, which is...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-03 - Original post - cached version

You may remember that debates surrounding the Dokdo islands are paramount in the South Korean-Japanese conflicts.

One’s mind drifts back to a poster on which Korean patriotic NGOs went to the Japanese embassy after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant.  A...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-01 - Original post - cached version

The policy that the United States has recently been pursuing towards China would give you the impression that America’s political elite are suffering from a form of political schizophrenia. Moreover, not only can the signs of political division be seen in the deepening divide in American...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-29 - Original post - cached version

On July 7, 2020, the Seoul Central District Court obliged Kim Jong-un and the North Korean government to pay damages to two former prisoners of war for forced labor during the time they were held captive in the northern part of the country. This was the first case when a South Korean...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-27 - Original post - cached version

On 13 July an international newscast reported that the European Commission will discuss as a priority on how the EU should react to China’s national security law for Hong Kong, a sovereign decision taken by Beijing to protect the citizens of the Chinese territory, Hong Kong, from western...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-21 - Original post - cached version

From July 7-10, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, US Special Representative for North Korea, made a visit to Seoul. While the entire makeup of the delegation is not clear, Biegun was accompanied by Alex Wong, deputy special representative for the North.

The goal of the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version

China’s special administration region of Hong Kong saw the passing of a security law outlawing acts universally recognized as criminal and threats to any nation’s security and sovereignty.

Despite what would appear to be common sense legislation, the Western media has cried “...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version

This author has written more than once about how state-sponsored anti-Japanism is one of the cornerstones of the ideology put forth by the Republic of Korea, and unfortunately these processes elicit similar reactions in Japan, thereby creating a vicious circle. Here are a few recent...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-15 - Original post - cached version

After the corona crisis, may the world be facing a monumental paradigm shift of power towards a more balanced civilization – more social justice and equity? The global almost total lockdown, chosen by most governments around the globe in response to mastering the Covid-19 crisis,...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-14 - Original post - cached version

On the 7th of July 2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jin Ping held one of their regular telephone conversations. The fact of the call, let alone its content, received scant coverage in the western mainstream media. This was unfortunate because what the two...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-14 - Original post - cached version

On 4 July 2020, it will be exactly one year since Japan introduced export restrictions on South Korea on three types of chemicals critical for the microelectronics industry: fluorinated polyimide, hydrogen fluoride, and photoresists. South Korea called that step the start of a trade war...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-10 - Original post - cached version

On July 3, 2020, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in partially reshuffled his staff in leadership roles by replacing the Unification Minister, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director and the Director of the Blue House National Security Office. Some experts viewed the changes as...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-07 - Original post - cached version

In the strategic game that is playing out in the area around the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the presence of Japan is growing more prominent. The nature of this presence is reflected in both the aspect of Japan re-establishing itself as a leading world power and the swift transformation...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Tensions between the United States and the PRC keep rising. In fact, the confrontation is starting to resemble a “new Cold War”. The relationship appears to have reached a turning point on May 20, 2020, when the White House delivered a report, “United States Strategic Approach to the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Even before the current US President Donald Trump took office, he was vocal about the vital issue of power balance within the US-Russia-China triangle for Washington. At that point, he was already making promises to wage a trade war on China and find common ground with Russia.

As...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-03 - Original post - cached version

Let us start with the punchline: “Mass media in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia is depicting the People’s Republic of China as ‘capitalist’ because ‘capitalist’ is now a dirty word. Even people in the West see ‘market economy’ as some sort of filth.”

To call China...

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