- ReportBy Donald G. GrossJul 1, 2005
Speculation about a North Korean nuclear test spiked tensions on the Korean Peninsula as Pyongyang refused to return to the Six-Party Talks. Pyongyang underscored its self-proclaimed status as a nuclear weapons state by removing spent fuel rods from its five-megawatt reactor, and testing a short-range missile. The U.S.
- ReportBy Joseph FergusonJul 1, 2005
Since late 2001, leaders in Moscow and Washington have tried to minimize political differences to maximize the effectiveness of the "strategic partnership" in its struggle against terrorism. But the limits of this partnership are increasingly apparent.
- ReportBy Catharin DalpinoJul 1, 2005
The U.S. attempted to maintain momentum in relations with Southeast Asia created by the tsunami relief effort earlier this year. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick travelled to Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and proclaimed a new policy of greater attention to the region.
- ReportBy Ronald MontapertoJul 1, 2005
Nations of Southeast Asia threw off the torpor induced by the tsunami of December 2004 and returned to business as usual. Beijing seized the opportunity and immediately reenergized plans placed in temporary, forced abeyance in the wake of the disaster.
- ReportBy David G. BrownJul 1, 2005
The visits of Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan and People’s First Party Chairman James Soong Chu-yu to China have ameliorated cross-Strait relations. The visits illustrated the potential for dialogue if a different government were in office in Taipei, and produced a new verbal formula that could bridge differences over preconditions for talks with a future government.
- ReportBy Aidan Foster-CarterJul 1, 2005
The prospects for inter-Korean relations appear more propitious than they have for at least a year. Not only has Pyongyang ended its boycott of most forums of North-South dialogue created after the June 2000 Pyongyang summit, but it has agreed to deepen and extend these in significant ways.
- ReportBy Scott SnyderJul 1, 2005
The torrid growth in China-ROK bilateral trade relations has slowed by half in the first part of 2005 after expanding by almost 40 percent to $79.3 billion in 2004. Nonetheless, South Korean firms are working with their government to lobby for expanded access to China’s domestic market.
- ReportBy James J. PrzystupJul 1, 2005
Throughout the quarter, history demonstrated its power over the Japan-China relationship. There were anti-Japanese riots, Vice Premier Wu Yi’s snub of Koizumi, and June debates over Yasukuni and China policy within the Liberal Democratic Party and governing coalition.
- ReportBy David C. Kang and Ji-Young LeeJul 1, 2005
North Korea and history dominated Japan-Korea relations this quarter. Little progress toward resolution was made on either issue. In dealing with North Korea, Japan continued to mull sanctions or other measures against the North, although the government did not take any actions toward that end and Prime Minister Koizumi publicly disavowed sanctions in early June.
- ReportBy Yu BinJul 1, 2005
Past, present, and prospect were played out in the second quarter of 2005 when Russian and Chinese leaders commemorated the 60th anniversary of Russia’s victory (May 9, 1945) in World War II, mended fences in Central Asia in the wake of a surge of "color revolutions" in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, and toyed with the idea of a multilateral world order with a Russia-China-I