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N.Korea: Kims are at it, again

Originally scheduled for the beginning of September, a special conference of the Korean Workers Party (KWP) has started yesterday in Pyongyang. The last such conference took place in 1980 and was meant to confirm the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, as his father’s successor. The conference has confirmed 68-year old Kim Jong Il… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Confronted with the waning of US influence in world affairs, American foreign policy experts and military strategists are currently fanning the flame of conflict between China and ASEAN nations on the one hand, and between China, Japan and Taiwan on the other. Such diplomatic moves have prompted an angry official reaction from Beijing yesterday. China’s… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The second trilateral summit between China, South Korea and Japan ended this Saturday in Beijing with a commitment by prime minister Wen Jiabao, Japanese premier Hatoyama and South Korean president Lee to further strengthen ties between the three countries and to push together for the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula. During the summit premier Hatoyama… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

North Korea has recently announced that the country’s recovering leader Kim Jong-Il, is willing to come back to the negotiating table, provided the six-party talks (Russia, China, USA, Japan, North and South Korea) are complemented by direct talks between North Korea and the US. So, what determined Kim Jong-Il to soften his stance ? The… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Asian Union Plans Attract Japan

The plans for creating an Asian economic community grouping China, ASEAN and Japan have received an important boost recently. During his informal meeting in New York with Chinese president Hu Jintao, the new Japanese premier Mr. Hatoyama has proposed the creation of an East-Asian community which would emulate the model of the European Union. Closer… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

An Alien Goes to Washington

Although on paper Japan has been a democracy for over six decades, true political change in leadership has sidestepped it until this fall. On the 30th of August the LDP, Japan’s traditional ruling party – which in practice ruled the country as a one-party state – lost the parliamentary elections in favour of the Democratic… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The current economic tsunami has accelerated integration moves between ASEAN countries, China and other regional powerhouses. The planned launch of Asia’s and the world’s largest trade bloc has prompted me to ask Professor Bruce McKern, a renowned International Management expert, for an interview concerning its prospects in emulating the European Union’s economic integration experience. Professor… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi