New leaders In China, Japan and South Korea, coupled with increasing economic stresses, have seen tensions rise among East Asia’s regional powers. The politics is being acted out on an international stage, using neighbouring countries as a smokescreen to mask domestic problems. America is avoiding being dragged in while remaining the key ally to Japan and South Korea.

THREE factors have increased geopolitical uncertainty and volatility in the Asia-Pacific since 2012.

Leadership changes in China, Japan and South Korea and lower-than-expected economic growth - leading to concern about exploding public debt in China and Japan - and unfulfilled economic reform promises in Sou...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
The relationship between Tokyo and Washington has become chilly. Under the Obama administration, Washington will maintain its distance from Mr Abe and the East Asian disputes
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