[South China Morning Post] Vietnam Asked Philippines to Form Pact to Counter China, Aquino Reveals. 04/20/15
A new “strategic partnership” being negotiated between two states fending off China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea was suggested by Vietnam, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has revealed
“We’re not forming these partnerships with the end point of forming a coalition against somebody.” He said such partnerships were formed “if somebody feels we have a lot of common interest with, who can help us achieve our goals, our national goals.”
Robert L. Gallucci, a professor of diplomacy at Georgetown University, was the chief negotiator for the 1994 nuclear deal with North Korea. Joel S. Wit, a senior fellow at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins, was the coordinator for the deal from 1995 to 1999.
"The collapse of the North Korea deal has been used to argue that it is impossible to conduct diplomacy with rogue states. But the only litmus test that matters is whether an agreement serves our national interest, is better than having no deal at all, and is preferable to military force. The arrangement with Iran appears to be well on its way to meeting that standard."
"North Korea has an operational road-mobile missile that could carry nuclear weapons to the United States...[t]he KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile was first paraded in North Korea in 2012."
"[O]n Tuesday, Adm. Bill Gortney, the head of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, told reporters at the Pentagon that he thinks Pyongyang has achieved a breakthrough. “We assess that it’s operational today, and so we practice to go against that,” he said."
[Pew Research Center Survey] Americans, Japanese: Mutual Respect 70 Years After the End of WWII. 04/07/15
"Neither Trusts China, Differ on Japan’s Security Role in Asia."
"While Japanese defense officials disclaim any plans to operate jets from the Izumo’s deck, the vessel could conceivably undergo modification to operate up to 17 F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter/attack jets.
So, yes, Chinese observers and others are correct to call the Izumo an aircraft carrier."
[US-China Economic Security Review Commission] Diminishing China-North Korea Exchanges: An Assessment. 03/23/15
"Nation-building has come to Asia’s seas — literally — as China and Japan, already embroiled in territorial disputes over existing islands, raise artificial land masses from the ocean."
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