Category Archives: East Asia

Trump- Israel and the Art of the Giveaway – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

  I’m contemplating writing a book on the first year of President Trump’s foreign policy, and I already know the name: “The Art of the Giveaway.” In nearly 30 years of covering United States foreign policy, I’ve never seen a … Continue reading

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Madeleine Albright: How to Protect the World From North Korea – The New York Times

“Turning Point: North Korea tests advanced ballistic missile technology. When the two met in the Oval Office soon after the 2016 election, Barack Obama reportedly told Donald Trump that the Democratic Republic of North Korea, or D.P.R.K., would be the … Continue reading

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China Could Sell Trump the Brooklyn Bridge – by Thomas Friedman – The New York Times

There is a saying — “When you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there” — and it perfectly sums up the contrast between China’s President Xi Jinping and President Trump. Xi has been brilliant at playing … Continue reading

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The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More. – The New York Times

“When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a … Continue reading

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Inside North Korea- and Feeling the Drums of War – by NIcholas Kristof – NYT

Nicholas Kristof reports on his five days in North Korea. “Ultimately, the best hope that is realistic may be a variant of what’s called a “freeze for a freeze,” with North Korea halting its nuclear and missile tests in exchange … Continue reading

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Snapshots Along the River Where China Meets North Korea – by Chris Buckley – NYT

“A narrow ribbon of river, and in many spots barbed wire, separates China from North Korea. But politically the two countries are further and further apart.”   DL:  Buckley takes a picture of North Korea from the Chinese side of … Continue reading

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North Korea’s Threat Pushes Japan to Reassess Its Might and Rights – by Motoko Rich – NYT

“TOKYO — When North Korea launched a missile that flew over Japan on Friday morning, prompting the authorities to broadcast an alert on cellphones and television, many people wondered: Why didn’t the Japanese military shoot it down?The government quickly judged … Continue reading

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In China’s Hinterlands- Workers Mine Bitcoin for a Digital Fortune – The New York Times

“DALAD BANNER, China — They worked as factory hands, in the coal business and as farmers. Their spirits rose when a coal boom promised to bring factories and jobs to this land of grassy plains in Inner Mongolia. When the … Continue reading

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Dreamers- Liars and Bad Economics – by Paul Krugman

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“But in any case, adding “and besides, they’re stealing our jobs” undercuts the whole pretense. Furthermore, the claim was, as I said, junk economics. The idea that there are a fixed number of…

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An Incoherent Strategy on North Korea – The New York Times

“The North Korean nuclear threat is worsening by the day. Tougher economic sanctions have not accomplished much, if anything. Nor has President Trump’s bellicosity. Sunday’s nuclear test was the North’s most powerful blast in the 11 years it has been … Continue reading

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