Asia-Pacific Politics

By Cognitus Academy | This collection of articles focuses on the political affairs in the Asia-Pacific region, including relations among countries such as China, Japan, the United States of America and Australia.

China air force drills again in South China Sea, Western Pacific

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's air force has held another round of drills in the disputed South China Sea and the Western Pacific after passing though Japan's southern islands, the air force said on Sunday, calling such exercises the best preparation for war.<p>China is in the midst of an ambitious …

China

The US ‘Betrayed’ Russia, but It Is Not ‘News That’s Fit to Print’

Stephen F. CohenNew evidence that Washington broke its promise not to expand NATO “one inch eastward”—a fateful decision with ongoing …

Russia

Canberra looks for new bridges over troubled waters

January 19, 2018 5:00 AM<br>While concerns about US leadership under President Donald Trump dominated the headlines over the past year, 2017 will be …

Foreign Policy

Peace in Korean peninsula? Don't hold your breath

January 19, 2018 5:00 AM<br>While recent developments have fired up imaginations on the Korean peninsula, it is worth remembering a few things before you …

Why a trade war looms over US-China relations

January 18, 2018 5:00 AM<br>After many ups and downs in the past year, the US-China relationship remains mired in uncertainty. Despite two summits last …

Xi Jinping

How China’s military is girding for battle, and what it means for neighbours

Wei Shiji “died instantly” while trying to defuse a landmine in a dense forest in China’s Fujian province this month, while two comrades, Li Shoushun …

China

Transcript of the Remarks by Senior Minister of State, Ministry Of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman at “Strat-Con: Discussing the Emerging Security Dynamics in the Indo-Pacific” Panel at the Raisina Dialogue 2018 Wednesday, 17 January 2018 New Delhi

New Delhi

Korea's Place In History

<i>This article was originally published at Stratfor.com.</i><p><i>In the dynamic world of international relations in which the struggle for power among the great is the basic reality, the ultimate fate of the small buffer state is precarious at best.</i><p>Nicholas J. Spykman, “Geography and Foreign Policy, II,” …

North Korea

Why Australia’s cure for Chinese influence is worse than the disease | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

On a recent overnight flight from Beijing to Sydney, most of the passengers were mainland Chinese tourists looking forward to a respite of summer …

1950-1953 Korean War: A 'forgotten' conflict that shaped the modern world

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - The Korean War has been called "the Forgotten War" in the United States, where coverage of the 1950s conflict was censored and …

North Korea may have ulterior motives behind Olympic overture

South Korea, eager to improve ties with the North after a year of tensions, has been quick to act on a rare overture by North Korean leader Kim Jong …

The new world disorder and the fracturing of the west

We have reached the end of an economic period, that of western-led globalisation, and a geopolitical one — the post-cold war “unipolar moment”. This …

UK looks to join Pacific trade group after Brexit

Britain has held informal talks about joining a flagship Pacific trade group, in an audacious bid to kick-start exports after Brexit.<p>The proposal, …

South Korea warms to Pyongyang overtures with offer of talks

South Korea has responded to an olive branch from Kim Jong Un by proposing talks next week to discuss North Korean participation in the Winter …

Trump’s mind and the reality show within: why China should worry

Recent US presidents, at least in public, would speak of China only after the vetting of practically every word, as if an ­errant one might prove …

The Trump factor in the new world order

Author: Editorial Board, East Asia ForumHow much difference has US President Donald Trump made to America’s standing in the world? Despite the almost …

Geopolitics

China can fill diplomatic void created by Trump

The world’s nations need to work together if global challenges like climate change, nuclear proliferation, terrorism and instability are to be …

Is Trump’s America the ‘dispensable’ power in Asia?

Author: David Camroux, Sciences Po (CERI)Madeleine Albright, one of several scholar–statespersons the unique American spoils system used to produce …

Geopolitics

Beijing warns of pro-independence turmoil in ties with Taipei in 2018

Beijing’s top policymaking body on Taiwan says the situation facing cross-strait relations will be “grave” this year as risks created by the island’s …

US, North Korea closer to war than ever, says former US military chief

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States is now closer than it has ever been to a nuclear war with North Korea, a former top US military officer warned …

North Korea

North Korea's Kim Jong-un issues threats and olive branch

<b>North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has said a nuclear launch button is "always on my table" and warned the US it will never be able to start a war.</b><p>In a televised new year speech, he said the entire US was within range of North Korean nuclear weapons, adding: "This is reality, not a threat."<p>But he …

North Korea

Positive signal to South-east Asia

The Australian government released its Defence White Paper last Thursday in the midst of shifting geopolitics in the Asia- Pacific and rising …

S-E Asia doesn't have to take sides

United States President Donald Trump's inauguration speech on Jan 20 was long on aspirational statements but short on substance. Yet, his overarching …