March 7, 2014

East Asia's Discourse Problem

Clint Work, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

There is no lack of nationalist-driven myopia in Northeast Asia these days. The DPRK is the most emphatic and solipsistic iteration thereof. Meanwhile, China continues to assert itself in the region from the South China Sea to its ADIZ. Beijing is seemingly determined to erase the shame of a century of humiliation at the hands of more powerful external forces. Added to this, Beijing continues to act with a notable lack of transparency as a politically authoritarian system. Yet, these same points make Tokyo’s own language all the more vexing.

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TAGGED: East Asia, North Korea, Japan, South Korea, East China Sea, China

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