East Asia Compass by Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra
  • A Change of Leadership in Japan
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    24 Sep, 2021   ·    5785
    On 3 September 2021, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that he would not contest his party’s leadership position and that his term would end on 29 September 2021. This announcement comes nearly a year into Suga’s assu ...
  • Chinese Diplomacy and the Taliban in Afghanistan
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    31 Aug, 2021   ·    5783
    It is becoming increasingly obvious what kind of superpower China might be. Even as the international community watches the unfolding events in Afghanistan with concern, China has moved quickly to further its interests in the region. For ...
  • Restoration of Inter-Korea Communication Lines
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    30 Jul, 2021   ·    5777
    On 27 July 2021, cross-border communication lines between North and South Korea were restored. They had been severed for almost 13 months. North Korea initiated the disengagement on the pretext of propaganda leaflets entering from the ot ...
  • COVID-19 and the Japan Olympics: Evaluating a Range of Imperfect Choices
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    05 Jul, 2021   ·    5774
    Japan is likely to host the Tokyo Summer Olympics on 23 July-8 August 2021. Initially scheduled for July-August 2020, it was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are concerns that if the Games happen now, even after a year ...
  • Biden’s North Korea Policy: Has ‘Strategic Patience’ Returned?
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    30 May, 2021   ·    5769
    The Biden administration has reportedly completed its review of US policy towards North Korea. While the details have not been announced, officials have used terms such as “calibrated,” “practical,” and “measured” to publicly ...
  • US, China, and a Two-Pronged Japanese Foreign Policy
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    30 Apr, 2021   ·    5764
    Japan continues to be the most important US ally in the Indo-Pacific. This is despite the dilution of its ‘Indo-Pacific strategy’ into the ‘Indo-Pacific vision’ over the past few years, and close cooperation with China in address ...
  • President Biden and the Making of a New US Policy on North Korea
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    19 Mar, 2021   ·    5758
    The change of leadership in the US means that a new strategy on North Korea will be articulated. This article looks at the developments in this regard: the ways in which the Biden presidency could differ from the previous administration ...
  • Confronting an “Assertive” China: Nearly All Roads Lead to Taiwan
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    28 Dec, 2020   ·    5748
    China’s disruptive behaviour through 2020 has increasingly led the international community to become more vocal about the difficulty of coexisting with a Beijing that is “assertive,” “irresponsible,’’ and “opaque.” This s ...
  • RCEP: An Indian Miscalculation?
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    27 Nov, 2020   ·    5743
    The conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) between China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and 10 Southeast Asian countries is an important development in the Indo-Pacific’s econom ...
  • A Cancelled China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Summit Means Advantage China
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    28 Oct, 2020   ·    5735
    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has reportedly said that it would be “impossible” for him to visit South Korea to participate in the upcoming Trilateral Summit Meeting between China, Japan, and South Korea this year unless “ ...
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