Category Archives: diplomacy

“While Chinese commentary was resoundingly positive about…



“While Chinese commentary was resoundingly positive about Saturday’s meeting between President Xi Jinping of China and President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan, reactions in Taiwan to the historic encounter were decidedly mixed.

On his trip home, Mr. Ma told reporters accompanying him on the plane that he felt most of his goals for the encounter had been accomplished, with the biggest being the meeting itself, bringing together the leaders of the two sides for the first time since the end of China’s civil war in 1949. But he added that he was not satisfied with Mr. Xi’s assertion on Saturday that the Chinese missiles arrayed along the Taiwan Strait were not targeting the island.”

For more, see Austin Ramzy, “Taiwan Debates Its President’s Meeting With Xi Jinping of China,” The New York Times (9 Nov 2015)

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“Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will send a clear message to the…



“Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will send a clear message to the United States when he visits Washington next week: Japan is ready to take more responsibility for security on the world stage. Behind that message, the conservative leader will want fresh assurances that America will show up if needed in any clash with China, conversations with politicians and experts show.“

For more on Abe’s upcoming visit to Washington, anticipated dialogue, and its historical context, see Linda Sieg, “PM Abe to Tell U.S. Leaders Japan is Ready for Bigger Security Role,” Reuters (24 April 2015)

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“President Park Geun-hye of South Korea urged Japan on…



“President Park Geun-hye of South Korea urged Japan on Sunday to have the ‘courage and honesty’ to admit to its historical wrongdoings against Koreans and other Asians, including its enslavement of Korean women in military brothels during World War II.

'As Germany and France overcame conflict and mutual enmity and became leaders in building a new Europe, it is time for South Korea and Japan to write a new history together,’ Ms. Park said in a nationally televised speech. But despite their geographical proximity, the two nations could not get close in heart because of tensions surrounding historical issues.’

Ms. Park delivered her speech to mark the 96th anniversary of the March 1, 1919, uprising against Japan’s colonial rule of Korea, which lasted from 1910 until Japan’s defeat in World War II in 1945.”

For more, see Choe Sang-hun, “South Korean President Urges Japan to Admit Past Wrongs,” New York Times (1 March 2015)

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“The Western presumption that China, aided by open markets,…



"The Western presumption that China, aided by open markets, foreign education, and Western soft power, will irresistibly be swept toward ever greater political openness, which many Westerners have come to view as the inevitable (and desired) evolutionary path for every society, is now being met by Chinese leaders with a loud and defiant denial that could be summarized as follows: ‘We don’t want to be in your teleological dream! Your President Clinton’s ‘right side of history’ is not in the official view of our Party Chairman Xi’s ‘China dream!’"

For more, including a close account of former President Jimmy Carter’s recent, problematic trip to China, see Orville Schell, “China Strikes Back!" The New York Review of Books (23 Oct 2014 issue)

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“In some ways, the stakes are higher for Mr. Obama and Mr. Xi than they were for Ronald Reagan and…”

“In some ways, the stakes are higher for Mr. Obama and Mr. Xi than they were for Ronald Reagan and Mr. Gorbachev. There is no American-Chinese nuclear threat to focus minds on stronger ties, nor is there a Berlin Wall to separate the two countries’ fortunes. For better and for worse, America and China are bound together in a form of mutually assured economic destruction.”

- For more, see “How to Play Well with China” - editorial by Ian Bremmer and Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., NYT (1 June 2013)