China's strategy to diversify supply routes for its rapidly rising energy imports has taken a major step forward as natural gas flows through a Myanmar pipeline.
For Michael Richardson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Whichever of three mega-trade-and-investment liberalization blocs is first to conclude a credible agreement will have a signficant impact on world trade and geopolitics.
Asia risks sliding into a nuclear arms race, aggravated by underlying mistrust. Potential "threshold" countries include South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Washington expects cyberspace missions to become a dominant factor in military operations. But what will the rules of engagement be in the lawless, digital frontier
Cruise missiles that are difficult to detect, increasingly fast and capable of carrying nuclear warheads are raising the risk of catastrophic conflict in Asia.
This week Chinese President Xi Jinping appears set to offer his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, an alluring deal for closer economic cooperation.
Recently a U.S. test of an advanced, long-range weapon — apparently designed to reduce U.S. reliance on nuclear arms in a crisis — set alarm bells ringing in China.
The best hope for unraveling China's nuclear secrets may be to make future U.S.-Russia nuclear arms cuts contingent on participation by China, India and Pakistan.
As the top natural gas producer outpacing even Russia, the U.S. has an energy card to play. It can decide how much to export, at what price, and to which countries.
Additional evidence that North Korea is about to deploy nuclear-tipped long-range missiles will raise a question that no Asian or Western leader wants to answer.