Greg Austin, Professorial Fellow at the EastWest Institute
Jan 20, 2014
Much of 20th Century history unfolded in the shadow of events in Europe in August 1914, when major powers in Europe launched one of the most savage wars the world had seen. August 2014 is looking very different. writes Greg Austin.
Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Jan 17, 2014
Observers in both East Asia and the United States have become increasingly worried about the growing tensions between China and Japan. However, the tendency to place all of the blame on Beijing may be mis-guided.
Brahma Chellaney, Professor, Center for Policy Research
Jan 15, 2014
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine last month, Chinese leaders, predictably, condemned his decision to honor those behind “the war of aggression against China.” But Abe was also sending a message to Japan’s main ally and defender, the US.
James Hsiung, Professor, New York University
Jan 15, 2014
Shinzo Abe continues to disown the country's dark past by visiting the Yasukuni Shrine and doctoring textbooks, writes James Hsiung.
Stephen Harner, Former US State Department Official
Jan 14, 2014
The tense atmosphere in the Asia-Pacific has only intensified with China’s announcement of new fishing rules and an ADIZ in disputed waters. However, as Stephen Harner points out, China’s actions were necessary given regional security threats and unproductive military-to-military dialogue with the US.
Jan 13, 2014
The escalation of tensions between China and Japan in 2013 has put a strain on the bilateral relationship and puts the Asia-Pacific region at risk for conflict. As Jin Ying points out, there are three steps the US should take to ensure stability and peaceful development.
John Eddington, Political Writer in Southern California
Jan 08, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to the Yasukuni Shrine produced a rare expression of displeasure from the US government, but the majority of US people have expressed little interest in this event, writes John Eddington.
Sung-Yoon Lee, Professor, Tufts University
Jan 08, 2014
Mr. Abe’s homage to Japan’s war dead, in the court of world public opinion, smacks of denial of his nation’s wartime aggression — and has been widely condemned. This impression only strengthens China’s hand in current disputes with Japan — and therefore also in its strategic competition with the United States, writes Sung-Yoon Lee.
Liu Junhong, Researcher, Chinese Institute of Contemporary Int'l Relations
Jan 03, 2014
On 26 December 2013, Shinzo Abe made a high-profile visit to the Yasukuni Shrine and said the visit fulfilled his long-cherished wish. The war shrine visit puts China-Japan relations in deep freeze and disturbs the geometry of power in the western Pacific, writes Liu Junhong.