Richard Halloran

For Richard Halloran's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Aug 7, 2006

Navies that drill together cut the slang

HONOLULU -- The United States, particularly the Bush Administration, has often been accused by politicians, academics and assorted critics in other nations, including several in Asia, of acting unilaterally, a fancy word for going it alone. A large-scale naval exercise just concluded in the seas ...

Commentary / World Jul 17, 2006

Time for a new approach to Pyongyang?

HONOLULU -- Ever since the North Korean fireworks display of missile launches on July 4, the world has watched the spectacle of political leaders and diplomats of America, China, Japan and South Korea scurrying for a response to Pyongyang's leader, Kim Jong Il. Most of ...

Commentary / World Jun 27, 2006

China showing less angst over Taiwan

HONOLULU -- In the seas around the U.S. island territory of Guam in the Central Pacific, a delegation of 10 Chinese army, navy and air force officers watched three American aircraft carriers and other armed forces go through strenuous training paces last week. At the ...

Commentary / World May 16, 2006

Assessing Guam's new military value

HONOLULU -- The U.S. Air Force is surging ahead with plans to revitalize its bases on Guam from which to project power into the skies over the western Pacific and the islands and continent of Asia. Bombers are already stationed regularly at Andersen Air Force ...

Commentary / World Apr 13, 2006

Taiwan's KMT sees stability in status quo

HONOLULU -- Chairman Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan's Nationalist Party, better known as the Kuomintang (KMT) did a marathon swing through the United States in March to deliver several pertinent messages: * Having become increasingly engaged in the most dangerous confrontation in East Asia, that between ...

Commentary / World Feb 23, 2006

PLA officers get a whiff of the right stuff

HONOLULU -- The U.S. Pacific Command and the People's Liberation Army of China have quietly begun an exchange of military officers that is intended to reduce the chances of a miscalculation leading to hostilities between the established power in the Pacific and the rising ...

Commentary / World Feb 2, 2006

U.S. Navy puts maritime pirates on notice

HONOLULU -- In ordering a U.S. Navy destroyer to capture and board a suspected pirate ship on the high seas in the Indian Ocean, the United States has fired a warning shot across the bow of would-be terrorists who might lash up with pirates ...

Commentary / World Jan 24, 2006

Cross-eyed over abuses by North Korea

HONOLULU -- Among the policy differences dividing the United States and South Korea, one that stands out is divergence over the issue of North Korea's abuses of the human rights of its own citizens. In the U.S., President George W. Bush, both houses of Congress, ...

Commentary / World Dec 21, 2005

Muslims condemn terror

HONOLULU -- A conference in Mecca of Islamic leaders representing Muslims in a wide swath from Morocco through the Middle East and South Asia to the southern Philippines has issued a rare but resounding denunciation of terror, saying that violence must be condemned "in ...

Commentary / World Nov 17, 2005

Strategic changes for Japan-U.S. alliance

HONOLULU -- Much of the American and Japanese news coverage of the new security agreement between Washington and Tokyo has focused on its political aspects but overlooked the far-reaching strategic changes it has projected for the revitalized alliance. This pact is intended to draw together ...