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Old Scores and New Grudges: Evolving Sino-Japanese Tensions

Asia Report N°258, 24 July 2014

A China Coast Guard ship (below) snail as Japan Coast Guard ship is tagging in the contiguous off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture on Sept. 11, 2013.

The deterioration in relations between China and Japan has spiraled beyond an island sovereignty dispute and risks an armed conflict neither wants. A November regional summit is a fence-mending opportunity – if the two countries’ leaders rise above nationalism and manage multiple flashpoints.

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Old Scores and New Grudges: Evolving Sino-Japanese Tensions, Asia Report N°258, 24 Jul 2014

The deterioration in relations between China and Japan has spiraled beyond an island sovereignty dispute and risks an armed conflict neither wants. A November regional summit is a fence-mending opportunity – if the two countries’ leaders rise above nationalism and manage multiple flashpoints.

Fire on the City Gate: Why China Keeps North Korea Close, Asia Report N°254, 9 Dec 2013

North Korea’s belligerent behaviour is testing the patience of China, its principal backer, but a consequential Chinese policy change, which the U.S. and its allies hope for, is not likely soon. 中文

Dangerous Waters: China-Japan Relations on the Rocks, Asia Report N°245, 8 Apr 2013

China and Japan must begin talks on crisis prevention and mitigation regarding the disputed waters of the East China Sea to avoid an accidental clash that could lead to a larger conflict. 

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China’s Central Asia Problem, Asia Report N°244, 27 Feb 2013

China’s influence is growing rapidly in Central Asia at a time when the region is looking increasingly unstable.

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North Korean Succession and the Risks of Instability, Asia Report N°230, 25 Jul 2012

Despite last week’s abrupt shuffle at the top of the military leadership, Kim Jŏng-ŭn appears to be firmly established as the new leader of North Korea, completing a faster and smoother power transition than many experts anticipated.

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Stirring up the South China Sea (II): Regional Responses, Asia Report N°229, 24 Jul 2012

The long-simmering South China Sea dispute is doomed to escalate if the countries contesting its waters fail to take steps to reduce tensions.

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Stirring up the South China Sea (I), Asia Report N°223, 23 Apr 2012

China is one of its own worst enemies in the South China Sea, as its local governments and agencies struggle for power and money, inflaming tensions with its neighbours, illustrated by Beijing’s latest standoff with the Philippines.

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South Korea: The Shifting Sands of Security Policy, Asia Briefing N°130, 1 Dec 2011

Although North Korea has offered unconditional dialogue since January, South Korea is maintaining a tough policy line towards the North as Seoul approaches a year of electoral campaign politics. The risk of conflict remains serious, particularly in the area near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the military demarcation in the Yellow Sea.

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Strangers at Home: North Koreans in the South, Asia Report N°208, 14 Jul 2011

As the number of defectors from North Korea arriving in the South has surged in the past decade, reconfiguring integration programs for them has become crucial.

한국어

China and Inter-Korean Clashes in the Yellow Sea, Asia Report N°200, 27 Jan 2011

China is undermining its own security interests by downplaying North Korea’s deadly provocations in the Yellow Sea.

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