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How to Navigate the East China Sea Dispute between Japan and China

How to Navigate the East China Sea Dispute between Japan and China

(Photo Credit: Al Jazeera English) (BGF) - This op-ed, featured in the Washington Post and on Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs' website, discusses the increase in tensions between Japan and China in the context of the dispute...

Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine, angers China, South Korea

Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine, angers China, South Korea

(Photo Credit: www.japan-guide.com) (BGF) - Yesterday, April 21st, 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine. This article, written by Elaine Lies and featured on the Reuters website, discusses the reaction to Prime...

China Court Impounds Japanese Ship in Unprecedented Seizure

China Court Impounds Japanese Ship in Unprecedented Seizure

(BGF) - This article, featured on Bloomberg's website discusses a recent Chinese court order to impound a Japanese ship, the Baosteel Emotion, as compensation for two Chinese ships leased by Japan in 1937 that were ultimately lost at sea. As the article discusses,...

Japan to Station Troops on Yonaguni, Near Disputed Islands

Japan to Station Troops on Yonaguni, Near Disputed Islands

(Photo Credit: Google Maps) (BGF) - Reporting for The Diplomat, Shannon Tiezzi discusses the implications of Japan's recent decision to station troops on the Yonaguni Islands. The Yonaguuni Islands are Japan's western-most islands and are only "150 kilometers south of...

The Future of U.S.-Chinese Relations

The Future of U.S.-Chinese Relations

(Photo Credit: Ed-meister / flickr) (BGF) - In the March/April 2012 edition of Foreign Affairs Henry Kissinger discussed the future of the U.S.-Chinese relationship. Throughout the article, Kissinger emphasizes that conflict is a choice, rather than an inevitability....

Hagel Spars With Chinese Over Islands and Security

Hagel Spars With Chinese Over Islands and Security

(Photo Credit: Alex Wong) (BGF) - A recent article in The New York Times, by Helene Cooper, discusses U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's recent visit to Beijing. In particular, Cooper notes that, despite efforts by Secretary Hagel and China's Defense Minister,...