May 21, 2004

Risks of Pyongyang's favors

HONOLULU — What a week! Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is packing his bags for another trip to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and the United States has announced a troop transfer from South Korea to combat duty in Iraq. ...

May 17, 2004

China's influence soars in Asia

HONOLULU — A battle for the hearts and minds of Asians has begun. While there has been considerable attention on “the rise of China,” we’re only slowly beginning to appreciate the meaning of that overused phrase. China’s economic influence is well apparent. It has ...

Apr 6, 2004

Japan-America's worldview

HONOLULU — There’s every reason to celebrate as the United States and Japan commemorate 150 years of diplomatic relations this year. The bilateral relationship is the best ever, surpassing even the Golden Age of the “Ron-Yasu” years (1982-87). Credit a decade of preparation, hardworking ...

Jan 26, 2004

Fog of politics obscures war

MAUI, Hawaiian Islands — For most Americans, World War II began Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor. Europeans date the beginning of the war to the 1939 invasion of Poland. Few Westerners appreciate the length and savagery of the Sino-Japanese war ...

Jan 19, 2004

Okinawans await assurance of lighter military presence

HONOLULU — During a visit to Okinawa, which has long borne a disproportionate share of the U.S. military presence in Japan, I was peppered with questions about the impact of planned redeployments. Okinawans have high hopes that the moves will lighten their burden. I ...

Jan 4, 2004

No East Asian card too wild

HONOLULU — The National Intelligence Council, which does strategic analysis for the U.S. government, recently published parts of its “2020 project” (www.cia.gov./nic/NIC_home.html), examining forces that will shape the world through 2020, region by region. The East Asia analysis posits three “broad trends” shaping the ...

| Dec 28, 2003

Fear of modern terrorism

THE NEW TERRORISM: Anatomy, Trends and Counterstrategies, edited by Andrew Tan and Kumar Ramakrishna. Singapore: Eastern Universities Press, Regional Security Studies, 2002, 254 pp. (paper). If the contributors to this excellent survey of “the new terrorism” are correct, then the world needs to be ...

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 ...