East Asia Compass by Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra
  • Japan's 2019 Defence White Paper and the Contest for Southeast Asia
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    16 Oct, 2019   ·    5625
    In Japan’s annual Defence White Paper released on 26 September, China’s growing military might has been given priority over North Korea’s belligerence as the country's main security threat. This is the first time Japan has so expli ...
  • US-North Korea Talks: Is Progress Without Reciprocity Possible?
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    12 Sep, 2019   ·    5619
    It is becoming obvious that unless the US provides some kind of security guarantee as well sanctions relief to North Korea, there will be no forward movement in US-North Korea denuclearisation talks. Despite open channels of communicatio ...
  • Insulating Cooperation from Contestation: The Japan-South Korea Dispute
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    21 Aug, 2019   ·    5613
    On 2 August 2019, the Japanese cabinet decided to remove South Korea from its ‘whitelist’. This restricts the export of critical Japanese products to South Korea, and will hurt the latter economically. The decision was apparently mot ...
  • The Spectacle and Substance of the Trump-Kim Meeting
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    11 Jul, 2019   ·    5598
    US President Donald Trump walked into North Korean territory alongside North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on 30 June 2019. The summit meet between the two leaders in the southern side of the DMZ followed. In this episode of spectacle, sever ...
  • Whither Indo-Pacific?
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    06 Jun, 2019   ·    5591
    At the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore this June, the US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan released the US Indo-Pacific Strategy Report. The subtitle of the report talks about the US goals of "preparedness, partnerships and p ...
  • Japan’s North Korea Reset
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    20 May, 2019   ·    5588
    On 3 May 2019, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his readiness to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un 'without conditions' to 'end the long-running mistrust between their countries’, as reported by Japanese media. On 6 May ...
  • An Allied Approach to North Korea?
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    15 Apr, 2019   ·    5580
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in met US President Donald Trump on 10-11 April 2019 to bilateral relations as well as the future course of their dealings with North Korea. Although both these issues are related, their delineation is als ...
  • China’s Strategic Silence on the Hanoi Summit
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    22 Mar, 2019   ·    5570
    An abrupt end of the Hanoi summit between the leaders of the US and North Korea on 28 February 2019 was disappointing for many. But for many others, it was unsurprising because the two parties did not have enough exchanges and understand ...
  • Is Japan Getting Isolated?
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    21 Feb, 2019   ·    5558
    It has been reported that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso wanted to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Munich Security Conference (15-17 February 2019), apparently to give him suggestions for the upcoming second US-North Ko ...
  • Trump and the China-North Korea Equation
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    15 Jan, 2019   ·    5545
    US President Donald Trump is going to have a second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in mid-February 2019. The core objective of this meeting is North Korea's denuclearisation, which has remained elusive. Even though it is we ...
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