Dec 21, 2003

Devil of amity lurks in free trade details

SINGAPORE — The decision at the Japan-ASEAN summit on Dec. 11-12 to create a new “special relationship” between the two may be historic, but the economic free-trade areas that will provide its foundation look like long shots. Japanese efforts are likely to be frustrated ...

Dec 11, 2003

New Zealand seeks bigger splash in Asia

WELLINGTON — It’s clear that New Zealand’s size is both a curse and a blessing. The curse is easy to see: New Zealand is so small that it’s hard to get the attention of other governments. New Zealand is responsible for 0.22 percent of ...

Nov 28, 2003

No resting on laurels in Asia

SEOUL — This is a remarkable moment in international relations. Despite a nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula, there are no doubts about the U.S. commitment to East Asia. Despite widespread criticism of U.S. policy, Washington currently enjoys “the best relations ever” with both ...

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N. Korea: where NGOs fear to go

PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS: The NGO Experience in North Korea, edited by L. Gordon Flake and Scott Snyder. Praeger Publishers, 2003, 176 pp., $45 (cloth). Pity the poor nongovernmental organizations trying to work in North Korea. They face a monumental challenge — aiding a ...

Oct 30, 2003

Europe rues decline amid shift to Asia

PARIS — Officially, we were discussing Russia’s place in Asia. It was hard to tell whether the French senator/historian on the panel was warning of Moscow’s return to great-power status or urging it on. He was no crypto-communist, however: For him, Russia’s resurgence would ...

Sep 10, 2003

China-Japan perception gap

WHITE FISH, Montana — The accidental discovery of buried canisters of mustard gas, abandoned by Japanese troops in China over a half century ago, is only the most recent tangible reminder of the unfinished legacy of World War II. Forty Chinese workers were injured ...

Sep 2, 2003

One-sided bilateral relations

TOKYO — The conventional wisdom on the other side of the Pacific is that U.S.-Japan relations are the best they’ve ever been. The view is very different in Japan. Here, an increasing number of voices argue that the benefits of the relationship only flow ...

Aug 28, 2003

Asia needs export controls to keep terrorist forces at bay

SINGAPORE — The recent bomb blast at the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Jakarta is only the most recent reminder of the ruthless cruelty of international terrorism. The topic dominates every discussion of Asian security. Those talks have become increasingly sharp in the face ...

Aug 18, 2003

Responsibility to protect against state abuse

KUALA LUMPUR — The annual Asia-Pacific Roundtable is an invaluable opportunity to take the pulse of Southeast Asian thinking about security issues. This year’s meeting, the 17th, featured the usual U.S. bashing — a predictable response to overwhelming American power and the Bush administration’s ...