The cloudy sky over the Celestial Empire

“Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin” reads an ancient Chinese proverb, meaning that if one does not take action in time, the evil opposed is likely to become too massive to be ever defeated. The contorting question that many high-level officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC),…

“The week that changed the world”

This was the week that changed the world, as what we have said in that (Shanghai) Communiqu√© is not nearly as important as what we will do in the years ahead to build a bridge across 16,000 miles and 22 years of hostilities which have divided us in the past. And what we have said…

The Liancourt Rocks burden in Japanese-Korean bilateral relations

After a period of diplomatic cease-fire in the Dokdo/Takeshima conflict between South Korea and Japan, an old issue has now powerfully¬†resurfaced. By recently confirming its territorial claim over the Liancourt Rocks in its annual foreign policy report, Tokyo has caused another breakdown in already strained bilateral relations.     Why the Island matters? Dokdo/Takeshima Island…