- JournalJan 15, 2014
- Regional Overview: Self-Inflicted Wounds, by Ralph A. Cossa and Brad Glosserman
- US-Japan Relations: Big Steps, Big Surprises, by Michael J. Green and Nicholas Szechenyi
- US-China Relations: Biden Visits China amid ADIZ Fracas, by Bonnie Glaser and Jacqueline Vitello
- JournalJan 15, 2014
The best news in the final months of the year was South Korea’s announcement of its interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Beyond that, we saw bad, ugly, and unpredictable developments. North Korea startled the world by purging and executing Jang Song Thaek, only to be followed by the indefatigable Dennis Rodman’s visit to the country.
- JournalBy Satu LimayeJan 15, 2014
The tenor of US-India relations in 2013 was similar to that articulated by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 when she spoke of the need for “daily, weekly, monthly collaboration” rather than dramatic breakthroughs. In a February 2013 visit to Washington, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai echoed these comments.
- JournalBy Yu BinJan 15, 2014
There was a dramatic turn in the Syria crisis and a potential light at the end of the “Iranian tunnel,” thanks to the persistent efforts of Russia, or more precisely, President Putin. Meanwhile, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang devoted themselves to economics by kicking off a new “Silk Road Economic Belt” strategy through the heartland of Asia.
- JournalBy David Kang and Jiun BangJan 15, 2014
The last four months of 2013 were uneventful for Korea-Japan relations. That is, simmering disputes continued to simmer and both sides made moves that annoyed the other, but there was almost no substantive action.
- JournalBy James J. PrzystupJan 15, 2014
China marked the first anniversary of Japan’s nationalization of the Senkaku Islands by reasserting its sovereignty claims to the islands and conducting Coast Guard patrols in the area, which continued on a regular basis through December.
- JournalBy Scott Snyder and See-won ByunJan 15, 2014
New strategic challenges have emerged in recent months that will influence China’s relations with both Koreas into the New Year.
- JournalBy Aidan Foster-CarterJan 15, 2014
The sudden, public, and brutal purge and dispatch of Jang Song Thaek, uncle-by-marriage and erstwhile mentor of Kim Jung Un, sent shock waves around the world, and doubtless inside the DPRK as well. By contrast, inter-Korean relations were mostly undramatic, if also not very satisfactory.
- JournalBy David G. Brown and Kevin ScottJan 15, 2014
Beijing is increasingly exploring ways to address cross-strait political issues and is promoting agreement on a “one China framework” as the way to build mutual trust. However, differences remain very apparent, at least for the present. The first formal exchange of visits by officials is being planned, raising important policy implications.
- JournalBy Robert Sutter and Chin-Hao HuangJan 15, 2014
Chinese policy and behavior toward Southeast Asian countries shifted with positive initiatives announced in carefully orchestrated moves. Beijing muted its tough stance on disputes in the South China Sea and curbed recent publicity regarding Chinese resolve to advance control in disputed maritime territory.