The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is famously ill-named. All four words are false. It is no democracy; the people decide nothing. More hereditary monarchy than republic, its culture and institutions owe more to Stalin (who created it) and Mao than to anything Korean.
The prospects for the North Korean economy meeting Kim’s New Year’s demand that “…we should bring about an upturn in improving the people’s living standards”1 looked dim at the start of 2015. The self-imposed Ebola tourism ban lasted until April, cutting off a major foreign exchange earner.2 In
The Northeast Asian region is undergoing a major transition in its order—the fundamental norms and values by which states interact with one another. This order is shifting along three different dimensions—security, economics, and identity. Major challenges to previous patterns are occurring in all three of these but in addition, developments in each frequently are in tension with developments in the others.
It has been a couple of very busy months for North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. One nuclear test in January and a series of missile tests in February, March and April this year have made it impressively clear that Pyongyang was in the business of seeking to become as threatening as possible in the run-up to the Workers’ Party Convention on May 6.
In attesa che la decisione del Fondo Monetario di includere il Renminbi (Rmb) nel paniere delle valute di riserva (Dsp) diventi effettiva il 1° ottobre, l’internazionalizzazione della valuta cinese prosegue il suo corso su scala regionale intrecciandosi con le direttrici meridionali della Nuova Via della Seta.
Despite boasting a massive Muslim population, Southeast Asia has escaped becoming a fundamentalist hotbed, due to its geographical distance from the Middle East. However, the recent attacks occurred both in Indonesia and in the Philippines mark a new style of militancy in Southeast Asia as the Islamic State (ISIS) increasingly mobilizes local terror groups to establish a global Islamic polity, or caliphate.
Probably the former, and it had better not be the latter, warned Mainland China after Tsai Ing-Wen’s presidential landslide election victory on Saturday. China’s state-run media immediately invited Taiwan’s newly elected president to abandon any ‘hallucinations’ for independence and warned that flirting with it would turn into ‘poison’ for the Taiwanese people.