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  • Six-Party Talks: Geneva meeting shrugs-off “strategic patience” but parsimoniously

    Not engaging North Korea is no more seen as an option even as it continue to build its nuclear capabilities.

    November 13, 2011

    Assessing China-North Korea Relations in the wake of Kim’s China Visit

    North Korea is unlikely to abandon its nuclear weapon development programme which has deterrence value especially considering that it does not trust China to come to its rescue in case of a threat to its security.

    June 01, 2011

    Japan-China-South Korea Trilateral Summit Meet Holds Promise

    The summit ended with the hope of increased cooperation in East Asia, bolstered popular support for Sino-Japanese friendship, and set out a strategy for maintaining regional peace, stability and prosperity.

    May 26, 2011

    North Korea and Iran Partner in Ballistic Missiles Trade

    If peace is to prevail in East Asia, Pyongyang must abandon its uranium enrichment programme and all aspects of its nuclear programme should be placed under international monitoring.

    May 19, 2011

    South Korea’s Military Preparedness

    In response to increasing North Korean hostilities, South Korea’s Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin unveiled a 73-point military reform measures in early March 2011

    March 31, 2011

    An Apocalypse Lurks in the Korean Peninsula

    The temporary hope of peace returning to the Korean peninsula following North Korea’s peace overtures dissipated no sooner than it started when North Korean negotiators walked out of the meeting room at the DMZ in Panmunjam.

    February 14, 2011

    The Gates Mission: Re-contextualising US alliances in East Asia

    Gates has steered Japan and South Korea towards aligning their shared threat perceptions about North Korea and China.

    January 18, 2011

    Inter-Korea Dialogue versus Japan-South Korea Military Engagement

    North Korea’s offer of a dialogue is unlikely to elicit a positive response from South Korea which instead is militarily drawing closer to Japan to enhance deterrence.

    January 14, 2011

    South Korea’s show of force and designation of the North as ‘Enemy’

    Soon after naming the North Korean regime as its “enemy”, South Korea has, quite abruptly, invoked the desirability of reverting to the Six-Party Talks.

    January 04, 2011

    Naoto Kan’s Remarks strain Relations with South Korea

    Kan’s statement about sending the SDF to the Korean peninsula to rescue Japanese citizens and people of Japanese origin in the event of an emergency has raised the spectre of a possible revival of Japanese militarism.

    December 20, 2010

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