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A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

By John J. Metzler  It’s once again that time of year to consult the crystal ball and to try to peer into the future. In this case I’m peering into a cloudy snow globe which stresses meteorology over geopolitics, but here goes with some predictions to inform, advise, and muse over the international situation. War […]

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S. Korea readies major military exercises following gesture from North

S. Korea readies major military exercises following gesture from North

SEOUL – South Korea prepared Wednesday for a major live-fire drill involving fighter jets and tanks near the tense North Korean border, as Seoul and Washington reacted warily to overtures from Pyongyang. South Korea’s military said Thursday’s ground and air firing exercise 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of the mainland border would also involve self-propelled […]

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Korean brinkmanship with a difference: This time the South is engaged

Korean brinkmanship with a difference: This time the South is engaged

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — South Korean insistence on going through with live-fire artillery drills Dec. 20 off the same island that North Korea shelled mercilessly on Nov. 23 raises a problem to which there may be no clear answer. When do you escalate from war games to serious reprisals? What do you do […]

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Chinese fishing boat capsizes after ramming S. Korean Coast Guard ship

Chinese fishing boat capsizes after ramming S. Korean Coast Guard ship

A Chinese fishing boat operating illegally in South Korean waters rammed into a Korean Coast Guard vessel and capsized on Saturday killing one fisherman and leaving two others missing. The South Korean Coast Guard said four of its officers were also injured trying to arrest the crew of the Chinese boat, illegally fishing about 120 […]

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A long-overdue Asian NATO, thanks to the N. Korean bomb-throwers?

By Sol W. Sanders  The North Koreans may have accomplished what a half century of American diplomacy could not: weld a Japanese-South Korean alliance as the kernel of a U.S.-supported peace and stability coalition for Asia. President Dwight Eisenhower’s visionary if sometimes tone-deaf Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was accused of “pactomania” when in […]

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Ex-U.S. intel chief: S. Korea may act against North

Ex-U.S. intel chief: S. Korea may act against North

WASHINGTON – South Korea is losing patience with North Korea and probably will take military action, former national intelligence director Dennis Blair said Sunday. Blair, who just returned from the Korean peninsula, said he doesn’t see a major war starting, but he believes recent aggression by the North will press South Korea into some lower […]

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S. Korea to make islands near N. Korea fortresses

S. Korea to make islands near N. Korea fortresses

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s president vowed Tuesday to turn five islands along the tense border with North Korea into “military fortresses” with jobs for permanent civilian communities, including those destroyed in a North Korean artillery attack. President Lee Myung-bak’s comments came as the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff flew to […]

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U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

North Korean soldiers march during a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Oct. 10. / AP /Vincent Yu  The Japanese, South Korean and U.S. foreign ministers meet on Monday to plot strategy toward an increasingly provocative North Korea in the face of […]

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Japan eyeing summit with S. Korea next month

Japan eyeing summit with S. Korea next month

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks at a meeting of a task force on North Korea at his official residence in Tokyo Nov. 24. / Reuters/Kyodo TOKYO – Japan is seeking to arrange a visit by South Korea’s president next month to step up bilateral cooperation amid rising tension in the region. Prime Minister Naoto […]

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Pyongyang's latest provocation causing cognitive dissonance in Beijing

Pyongyang's latest provocation causing cognitive dissonance in Beijing

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Kim regime’s latest attack on South Korea has demonstrated once again major weaknesses in Beijing’s North Korean policy. Despite the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) administration’s generous material and moral support, the Kim Jong-Il regime has refused to mend its roguish behavior. The shelling of Yeonpyeong Island — which came on […]