East Asia

Grand Strategy in Pivotal Places

East Asia

The East Asia program conducts research on vital regional security issues such as cross-Strait relations between the PRC and Taiwan, U.S. alliance relationships with Japan and South Korea, and China’s foreign policy in developing states. The program offers insights and recommendations for policymakers in the U.S. and in the region.

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Research and Analysis

July 16, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

With the much-expected announcement on the latest US arms sales package to Taiwan, China retaliated with a vow to sanction US companies participating in the sales. This is not the first time that China threatened to do so.

July 2, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

The Hanoi summit between President Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un had been expected to deliver concrete results on the nuclear negotiations and/or US-North Korea bilateral relations.

June 25, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

After many years of speculation about a visit to the DPRK by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the suspense finally came to an end last week with the Chinese leader’s two-day state visit to Pyongyang. The timing is curious.

June 3, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

The abduction issue (rachi mondai) has been a major constraint on Japan’s policy toward North Korea for the last several decades. In the 1970s, a number of Japanese citizens disappeared and it has long been suspected that they were abducted by North Korean agents.

April 12, 2019 | EXPERT: Jason Li

In Taiwan’s local elections held on November 24, the Kuomintang (KMT) trounced the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

April 2, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Relations between Japan and South Korea have descended to a new low.

March 28, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

These monographs by the China Program explore China’s growing interests and involvement in the Arctic and the corresponding speculation and concern from other countries about the potential and ambitions of China’s Arctic footprint.

March 28, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

In February 2019, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held its annual party convention.

March 8, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town , EXPERT: Joel S. Wit , EXPERT: Samantha Pitz

Stimson Center's 38 North project, in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has created a snapshot of the DPRK's coal industry published on Tearline, the NGA's

March 8, 2019 | EXPERT: Akriti Vasudeva , EXPERT: Jason Li , EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy , EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

In 2004, Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. worked together to respond to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007, these four countries formed the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – the Quad – seeking to deepen their cooperation, only to disband after a year.

March 7, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On the eve of the second summit between the top leaders of the US and North Korea in Hanoi, most attention is focused on what might be the concrete substance/steps of North Korea’s denuclearization and the reciprocal measures that the US will offer in return that come out of the summit.

March 6, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

The second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un drew to an early close when the two leaders realized they were nowhere near to be able to sign any agreement.

March 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On Jan. 2, 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a major policy speech to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan. The speech is widely interpreted as Xi’s policy platform for cross-strait relations for years, or even decades, to come.

March 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

U.S. President Donald Trump just kicked off his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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