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

October 3, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

In recent weeks China has offered indications of a future role in Syria, comprising not only infrastructure investment and trade as the conflict appears to wind down, but also a novel desire to increase cooperation on the counter-terrorism front.

October 1, 2018

In August, the Arctic’s oldest and thickest

September 27, 2018

On July 27, South Korea’s Defense Minister Song Young-moo briefed President Moon Jae-in on “Defense Reform 2.0,” an expansive initiative to restructure and modernize Korea’s defense.

September 27, 2018 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

On Sept. 20, Shinzo Abe won a third term in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election and extended his tenure as prime minister beyond this fall.

September 4, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

On the heels of recent resumption of vehemently negative press surrounding Confucius Institutes (CIs), non-profit educational programs affiliated with the People’s Republic of China, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act earlier this month, which includes a provision that

August 27, 2018 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

August 20, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

On August 1, Al-Watan, a pro-Assad regime newspaper, ran a story that described a dialogue held with Chinese Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin and China’s military attaché, Wong Roy Chang.

August 13, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

For 60 years, successive Chinese governments have stood doggedly by an official policy of “nonintervention” in the internal affairs of other states.

August 7, 2018

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.  

July 27, 2018

By Yuichiro Kakutani, Research Intern, Japan Program High-level leaders of all but one of the nations that joined North Korea in the defunct Six-Party Talks have met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the last two months. The lone exception: Japan.

July 25, 2018 | EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy

October 8 will mark the 20th anniversary of a declaration between Japan and South Korea to “squarely face the past and develop relations based on mutual understanding and trust.” This month, the foreign ministers of Japan

July 23, 2018

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.

July 19, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

Editor note: This piece is based on remarks by Shih-Chung Liu, Vice Chair, Taiwan External Trade Development Council. To view the event page and video, click here.

July 3, 2018 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

On June 26, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States will not place a deadline on North Korea’s denuclearization. Even though he insisted that the U.S.

May 2, 2018 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met last Friday for the inter-Korean summit in Panmunjom. It has been 11 years since the last such encounter between leaders of the two countries.
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