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The “never been done before” Chinese air-power exercise near Korea


Amid the hearsay that State Secretary Rex Tillerson who insisted on resolving the Korean tension diplomatically would be replaced by the bellicose Mike Pompeo, the incumbent CIA Director, Alex Lockie of Business Insider – Military & Defense gives us a headline which sounds scary: “China did something it’s never done before to warn the US … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, November 27, 2017


Korea has on display the essential cultural clash that causes and sustains conflict across the world. North Korea’s leaders won’t communicate. They think non-communication entitles them to get whatever they want. South Korea’s president harbors something against Japan. It would be indefensible to claim his resentment is anything other than pure racism; the WWII Japanese … Continue reading

China could accept US strike on North Korea as prelude to Chinese occupation


A Chinese state-run newspaper said Saturday that China would not engage militarily if the US conducted a surgical strike on North Korea’s nuclear facility, noting it would only resort to diplomatic channels to oppose such a move. Beijing’s position was stated in an editorial in the state-run Global Times, a tabloid controlled by China’s Communist Party. … Continue reading

China and North Korea: A tangled partnership


Do we know what’s happening? Probably not. But  historical context may help. The following article from Stratfor provides useful historical context for the current situations in North Korea and its usual (apparent) ally, China. It spans many centuries. The Chinese ruling powers are new. Kim Jong-un and his regency are also relatively new. Nevertheless, we probably … Continue reading

China warns North Korea against “troublemaking” on peninsula


China warned against “troublemaking” on its doorstep, in an apparent rebuke to North Korea, and the United States said it was postponing a missile test to help calm high tension on the divided Korean peninsula. But in the midst of what some described as an unprecedented ratcheting up of rhetoric from Beijing, China began running into criticism from influential political voices in … Continue reading

China as peacemaker?


Nuclear escalation on the Korean Peninsula demands creative solutions. With a 2,200-year history of non-aggression, China is in the best position to take the lead – and relieve the United States of a burden it has shouldered for too long. In fact, no other nation has had as stable a pattern of world citizenship. Over … Continue reading

Unusual cold in China and Northeast Asia


Between late November 2012 and early January 2013, China recorded its lowest temperatures in 28 years. In northeastern China, air temperatures dipped to -15.3°Celsius (4.5°Fahrenheit), according to the state news agency Xinhua. Frigid temperatures and blizzards stranded air and rail passengers, killed roughly 180,000 cattle and forced authorities to open hundreds of shelters. China’s cold … Continue reading

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