- ReportBy Robert SutterApr 12, 2006
The visit of Myanmar’s prime minister to China in February was the highlight in bilateral exchanges. Senior Chinese leaders were especially preoccupied this year with issues related to the new development plan and significant changes in domestic laws and regulations considered at the annual National People’s Congress (NPC) session in March.
- ReportBy David G. BrownApr 12, 2006
The agreement to expand direct cross-Strait charter flights during the 2006 Lunar New Year could have marked the resumption of progress on practical cross-Strait ties. However, President Chen announced on Jan. 1 that he would more "actively manage" – read: tighten restrictions on – cross-Strait economic ties.
- ReportBy Aidan Foster-CarterApr 12, 2006
The variety and density of interactions testify to ever-growing ties between North and South. No one in Seoul (or at least in the ROK government) appears inclined to let the continuing impasse over the Six-Party Talks derail or even decelerate North-South links. However, it is not all plain sailing.
- ReportBy Scott SnyderApr 12, 2006
Kim Jong-il’s visit to China in January appears to have been a turning point for the Korean Peninsula and the DPRK nuclear issue, at least from the perspective of these two countries. The fact that Kim’s route overlapped with that of Deng Xiaoping’s famous 1992 southern tour stimulated further speculation about potential North Korean economic reform.
- ReportBy James J. PrzystupApr 12, 2006
The quarter ended as it began – with Prime Minister Koizumi expressing his inability to understand why China and the ROK refused to hold summit meetings due to differences over Yasukuni Shrine. Meanwhile, China’s leadership made clear that it was writing off the next six months and looking to a post-Koizumi future.
- ReportBy David C. Kang and Ji-Young LeeApr 12, 2006
The first quarter of 2006 produced no movement in Japan-South Korea relations, nor Japan-North Korea relations. Politics remained chilly while economic and cultural relations were warmer. Japan-North Korea relations remained stalled over the abductee issue, and Japan-South Korea political relations remain stalled over Yasukuni Shrine.
- ReportBy Yu BinApr 12, 2006
By any standard, China’s "Year of Russia" is unprecedented. The year-long celebration was officially inaugurated with President Putin’s fourth visit to China in March. Both sides hailed the relationship as being at the "highest level" and as the "strongest ever." All the while, Russia’s energy politik continued.
- NewsletterBy Human Space Exploration InitiativeApr 11, 2006
This paper assesses the change in projected out-year expenditures with the FY 2005 budget of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and what the consequences will be for U.S. leadership in the international community.
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