2/23/15 In this Policy Forum, Leon V. Sigal writes that “The DPRK has long sought an easing of U.S. and ‘U.S.-led’ sanctions as a sign that Washington is moving away from what Pyongyang calls the U.S. ‘hostile policy.’” Sigal argues that “financial sanctions are likely to be difficult to undo piecemeal” and that “sanctions-easing would best focus initially on humanitarian aid and the relaxation of licensing requirements, where the president has leeway and the likelihood of pushback from Congress is lower.”
10/31/14 Beijing yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to helping war-torn Afghanistan end decades of bloodshed, and called on the country’s political factions to set aside their differences.
STATEMENT FROM “PIVOTING FOR PEACE IN ASIA/PACIFIC: CHALLENGING U.S. MILITARISIM AND CORPORATE DOMINANCE”
President Obama travels to East Asia this week to reinforce his administration’s military pivot to Asia and the Pacific and to rescue the faltering Trans-Pacific Partnership “free trade” agreement. On the eve of his trip, sixty leading peace activists, labor and community leaders, and engaged scholars from across New England met to build the U.S. peace and justice movements’ capacities to prevent war and to work for peace in Asia and the Pacific; to create more just economic relations; and to learn how to address the domestic impacts of the Pivot, including increased bias directed against Asian-Americans.
Beijing is laying a trap for the Philippines in disputed waters, experts say, waiting for an excuse to seize territory in the oil-rich Spratlys
Protesters numbering over 100,000 demonstrated against a controversial trade pact with Beijing on the streets of Taipei in a blow to President Ma Ying-jeou
Japan scrambled military jets on Sunday to counter three Chinese military planes that flew near Japanese airspace, defence officials said.
rime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday his government will inform Russian President Vladimir Putin of the unified policy adopted by Japan, the United States and the European Union on the Ukraine crisis.
The United States plans to help modernize Indonesia’s military, including provisions for training and equipment, amid heightened tensions in the South China Sea, where China is laying claims to disputed waters.
On Sept. 8, 2012, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda sat across from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a long, narrow table with plastic bottles of water separated the two sides.