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Caught between huge conflicting forces, people look with foreboding on the gathering clouds of war
1.Points of Crisis
The rise of Kim Dae Jung and the high price of his failed drive for reconciliation with North Korea
Three contributions on Korea -- North, South and Kim Dae Jung -- for this massive five-volume work on human rights issues worldwide
Dispelling myths about the sinking of the South Korean navy corvette the Cheonan in March 2010
Memories of the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the arrival of U.S. forces to the release of the last U.S. POWs
The Vietnam War as it spread through Cambodia and Laos into northern and northeastern Thailand
Washington's pact with Pyongyang won't help the starving children
2.Covering Korea
Q&A, Asia-Pacific Businss & Technology Report
Looking back to the Old Days: A Correspondent's Field Manual; A Reader’s Guide to Real News:
Korea through the eyes of correspondents who were there, 1871-2006
Following the story
How the news goes in and out of the Hermit Kingdom
3. Business and Economy
The Rev. Moon's empire bouncing back in South Korea
Play-by-play account of the meltdown that nearly bankrupted the South Korean economy
The story of North Korea's 105-story white elephant
An unauthorized study of Korea's largest business group, its triumphs and failures, and the peasant's son who founded it.... "Korean Dynasty is a must read for business people and students of business and the social sciences learning about the socio-economics of Asia." Business Book Review Library; 1995, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1
The ultimate business reference to the Philippines, providing practical advice from leading experts
Iraq and South Korea face contrasting economic problems and issues, as seen in these articles for Institutional Investor
4. Seoul-Searching
I.--Heart and Seoul: From the ashes of war, Korea's capital rises like a phoenix to world-class. II.--Three Perfect Days: Wining, dining, sightseeing and strolling around one of the world's oldest and greatest capitals

Hither and Yon

Japan’s ‘peace constitution’ on the brink as NE Asia braces for war

October 28, 2017

Tags: Article 9, peace constitution, Japanese elections, LDP, Komeito, Shinzo Abe, U.S. occupation, Kim Jong-un, North Korea, General MacArthu

October 27, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

TOKYO -- The overwhelming success of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the latest elections for members of the Japanese “Diet” ― the peculiar word for Japan’s parliament or national assembly ― portends hardening of tensions and priorities in Northeast Asia.

Yes, Abe would dearly like to revise Japan’ (more…)

The Seoul Air Show, an exercise by U.S. ‘decapitation’ team and daydreams of a Trump-Kim sit-down at the DMZ

October 21, 2017

Tags: f35, f22, Seoul Air Base, air show, Trump, Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong-un, Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping, Panmunjom, decapitation, war games, Korea

October 20, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The line-up of warplanes on display beside the runway at Seoul Air Base has got to be intimidating. The sight of the latest American F35s and F22s along with all those South Korean fighters may (more…)

Playing defense: Who are Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump kidding with their war of words?

September 25, 2017

Tags: Kim Jong-un, rocket man, President Trump, North Korea, UN General Assembly, Moon Jae-in, Shinzo Abe, Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang

September 24, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

It wasn’t exactly a declaration of war, but it did come close. What else to make of President Trump’s remark that the U.S. might “totally destroy North Korea”? It was one thing to belittle Kim Jong-Un as “rocket man” but quite another to (more…)

Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

May 5, 2017

Tags: Article 9, Shinzo Abe, General MacArthur, Izumo, Self-Defense Forces, Senkaku, Diaoyu, Carl Vinson, Takeshima, Dokdo

May 4, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

TOKYO -- The shadows of war lengthen over Japanese society in thrall to Article 9 of a “peace constitution” foisted under the “occupation” led by the victorious World War II Pacific commander, Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Much as the “rightist” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might want to do away (more…)

Amid the Korean nuclear showdown, don’t forget the trade gap that threatens the western alliance

April 21, 2017

Tags: North Korea, KORUS, Korea-US alliance, Vice President Pence, Trump, trade gap, Hwang Kyo-anh, Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe, Japan

April 20, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

All the talk over what to do with North Korea overlooks one problem to which people are not paying that much attention. That’s the yawning gap in trade between the U.S. and all its leading trade partners.

It’s a lot easier to grasp (more…)

Memo to President-elect Trump: Beware of the experts on East Asia’s chessboard

November 27, 2016

Tags: Donald Trump, Memo to President-elect Trump: Beware of the experts on East Asia’s chessboard, Park Geun-Hye, Shinzo Abe, WorldTribune.com

By World Tribune on November 24, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The process of “making America great again” is filled with perils and pitfalls, nowhere more so than in Asia.

The intricacies and subtleties of the Great Game for Asia often are about as incomprehensible to the experts as they are to amateurs (more…)

North Korea and the Left love ‘democratic’ protests that back their agendas

November 18, 2016

Tags: Donald Trump, Seoul protests, Park Geun-hye, Blue House, Shinzo Abe, Cheong Wa Dae Chun Doo-hwan, Park Ching-hee

By World Tribune on November 17, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Too bad President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call to President Park Geun-Hye the day after his victory may be his only chance to talk with her. Even if she’s still in the Blue House when he moves into the White House, (more…)

Asian summitry roars to a climax: With so much talk, what could go wrong?

October 31, 2015

Tags: Park Geun-hye, Li Keqiang, Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, Obama, Putin, trilateral summit, Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
It’s the season for summits with heavy overtones for Northeast Asia. After President Park Geun-Hye met President Barack Obama in Washington and President Xi Jinping in Beijing, after Xi met Obama in Washington, after President Putin saw Obama at the United Nations and Xi (more…)

Asian summitry roars to a climax: With so much talk, what could go wrong?

October 31, 2015

Tags: Park Geun-hye, Li Keqiang, Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, Obama, Putin, trilateral summit, Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
It’s the season for summits with heavy overtones for Northeast Asia. After President Park Geun-Hye met President Barack Obama in Washington and President Xi Jinping in Beijing, after Xi met Obama in Washington, after President Putin saw Obama at the United Nations and Xi (more…)

Korea vs. Japan: 70 years after WWII, can we just move on? Apparently not

August 20, 2015

Tags: Shinzo Abe, World War II, Japan apology, Japan remorse, Dokdo, Takeshima, comfort women, Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SEOUL — Maybe Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, should have kept his mouth shut.
No matter what he might have said on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, he would be the target of intensive criticism. The fact is the Japanese are done with (more…)

Shared Pain of War and Colonisation Does Little to Heal Korea's Bitter Divisions

August 14, 2015

Tags: North Korea, South Korea, liberation, Japanese surrender, Kim Jong-un, Lee Hee-ho, Dangun, Shinzo Abe

COMMENT›INSIGHT & OPINION
Donald Kirk sees no sign of a breakthrough in North-South relations, despite efforts to bridge the gap, as they separately mark their liberation from colonial rule

The tragedy of Korea is that "liberation" on August 15, 1945, was the prelude not to lasting peace and freedom but to the division of the peninsula (more…)

South Korea and Japan struggle to move beyond bitter history to address China threat

June 27, 2015

Tags: World War II, Okinawa, Shinzo Abe, Park Geun-hye, August 15, Japanese surrender, Dokdo, Takeshima, Xi Jinping, trilateral cooperation, U.S. alliance

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
It’s a time for anniversaries and memories of the tragedies that have afflicted Northeast Asia over the past century.
On Tuesday, the Japanese remembered the horror of the single worst battle in Asian history, the three-month struggle for Okinawa. The battle ended with the (more…)

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