East Asia

COVID Concerns Prompt China to Abandon Role as AFC Cup Host

On Saturday, China officially withdrew from its role as the host of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. The quadrennial event, which brings together 24 national soccer teams from across Asia, was originally...

Tensions Flare in East China Sea after Shrine Visit

Tensions are again rising in the waters around the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, following several Japanese politicians’ visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine over the weekend. The Chinese government condemned the visit to...

Tripping Over a Me-First Foreign Policy

Odd Arne Westad argues that China’s foreign policy has become counterproductively aggressive in its narrow pursuit of immediate national interests, and that a more persuasive approach would serve the country and region...

What to Make of US Military Presence in the Asia Pacific

Much to China’s chagrin, recent statements have made it clear that the US plans to be a major player in the South China Sea debate. The US has recently encouraged its allies in the region to stand up to China in regards to...

Current History: Special Issue on China and East Asia

The September issue of Current History focuses on China and East Asia, and includes the following articles (among others): No “Jasmine” for China by Bruce J. Dickson “Political protests in China are a far cry from those that...

China, Japan Plan Group on EU Lines

From the Times of India: In a move that is considered to send shock waves around the world, Japan and China have proposed a plan to create an “East Asian Community,” similar to the European Union, which could make a...

Caution and Reassurance Amidst the Global Financial Crisis

As the U.S. credit crisis ripples through the world economy, Chinese news media and financial institutions alike appear to be taking a calming tone.  From the China Daily: Investors are reeling after the main stock index took a...

A Sense of Community Elusive for East Asia

In the International Herald Tribune, Howard French looks at the prospects for a community of Northeast Asian nations: The first thing that must be said about East Asia is that for all of its economic achievements, it lags...

China Banking On Aussie Football Squad Altitude Sickness

From AFP: Struggling China will be hoping the mountain air of Kunming can breathe life into their World Cup campaign when they face Group 1 favourites Australia at high altitude here on Wednesday. Desperate for a home win in the...

Why Asia cannot afford to turn away investors – Guy de Jonquieres

Commentary from Financial Times (link): Is a contagion of corporate nationalism spreading from the west to the east? At first sight it may seem so, as companies and politicians around Asia, particularly in its three largest economies, seek to repel unwelcome intruders from abroad. The most striking case is China. After long courting foreign investors, […]

An Asian Union? Not yet – Philip Bowring

From the International Herald Tribune: The inaugural East Asia summit in Kuala Lumpur that ended on Thursday can be seen as a significant setback for Chinese diplomacy. That may seem a surprising conclusion given the way that Beijing has been enjoying the run of Asian diplomatic play for at least the past three years. But […]

India’s New Year message for China- Indrani Bagchi

From The Times of India: India and China will begin the year 2006 with a strategic “clearing” of the air. At the new round of “strategic” talks between the two Asian giants, India will tell China that it is not in the business of “containing” China. This will be on top of the agenda when […]

As an Asian Century Is Planned, U.S. Power Stays in the Shadows – Seth Mydans

From the New York Times: The world will be a different place in 30 or 40 years, with Asia at the forefront, said Daljit Singh, a visiting senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. The new grouping is a response to this change. “Its significance is that it symbolizes the Asian […]

Why the East Asian summit matters – Barry Desker

From Asia Times: Today, the presence in Kuala Lumpur of a rising China and resurgent India and the absence of the United States, which has played the role of an Asia-Pacific hegemon since the end of the World War II, suggest we are on the cusp of a new era. The inaugural East Asian summit […]

In East Asia, there is more than one way to rise – Kin-ming Liu

From The International Herald Tribune: Two days before Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s recent landslide electoral victory in Japan, five of China’s warships were spotted near a gas field in some contested waters between the two countries in the East China Sea. This probably helped Koizumi pick up extra votes from those Japanese who are increasingly […]



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