Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times These days, Harvard Professor Graham Allison is hailed as something of a prophet. Officials he met in China recently referred to him as the man who “predicted” a clash between the United States and China, he says. “It was not a prophesy,” he adds. “I simply pointed out the recurring patterns of history.” “Today, the conversation has moved to the more urgent question, which is, what’s to be done, and how to escape Thucydides’ Trap?” He is talking about his ground-breaking, best-selling book, published in 2017, with the ominous title, Destined for War: Can America and China escape Thucydides’s Trap? The book, whose title refers to an ancient Greek historian’s chronicle of upstart Athens taking on Sparta, caught global attention for its study of 16 periods of power rivalry over the past five … [Read more...] about US, China: Frenemies?
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Lee Jae-yong, heir to the Samsung empire, will be part of President Moon Jae-in's delegation to Pyongyang, Moon's office said AFP/Ahn Young-joon Samsung's Lee Jae-yong and the heads of the SK and LG groups will be part of President Moon Jae-in's delegation as he heads for a meeting with the North's leader Kim Jong Un, Moon's office said. Kim Yong-hwan, vice-chairman of Hyundai Motor Group - whose founder was a refugee from the North - will be among the entourage. Hyun Jeong-eun, chairwoman of the separate Hyundai Group which pioneered many cross-border economic projects, will also accompany Moon. Hyun met Kim's father Kim Jong Il several times. She was among the first South Koreans to meet the young leader when he assumed power following his father's death in 2011. Moon, a dove who favours dialogue with the North to nudge it toward denuclearisation, has advocated closer economic ties across the border, despite multiple sanctions on the North over its atomic weapons and ballistic … [Read more...] about Samsung heir in South Korea’s delegation to North: Seoul
North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth, with top-level meetings and a controversial rocket launch scheduled in coming days to bolster his grandson's credentials. The North Korean Unha-3 rocket is pictured at Tangachai-ri space center, on April 8. N.Korea has confirmed its intention to launch the rocket next week despite international condemnations The secretive state, in an unprecedented move, on Sunday invited foreign journalists to its rocket launch site to try to persuade the world of its peaceful intentions. The United States and other nations said the satellite launch will be a pretext for a ballistic missile test, in defiance of United Nations resolutions and a US-North Korean deal. A South Korean official said the North appeared to be preparing to follow up the launch, which is scheduled for sometime between April 12 and 16, with a third nuclear weapons test. But Jang Myong-Jin, head of North Korea's Tongchang-ri space centre … [Read more...] about N.Korea presses on with anniversary rocket launch
Viet Nam News SEOUL — North Korea promised to close its atomic test site next month and invite US weapons experts to the country, Seoul said Sunday, as Donald Trump expressed optimism about securing a nuclear deal in his summit with the secretive regime. The reported pledge from the North’s leader Kim Jong Un follows weeks of whirlwind diplomacy that saw Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agree to pursue the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula during a historic summit on Friday. "Kim said, during the summit with President Moon, that he would carry out the closing of the nuclear test site in May," Seoul’s presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said. Kim said he "would soon invite experts of South Korea and the US as well as journalists to disclose the process to the international community with transparency", Yoon added. Tensions spiked last year over the North’s testing of atomic weapons and long-range missiles, including some capable of … [Read more...] about N. Korea offers to shut nuclear test site in May, invite US experts
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Sunday attended the first concert in Pyongyang for over a decade by South Korean entertainers, including a K-pop girlband, the latest gesture of reconciliation before a rare inter-Korean summit. The visit, described by many as a cultural charm offensive by the South, came as a diplomatic thaw quickens on the peninsula after months of tensions. The 120-member group, 11 musical acts as well as dancers, technicians and martial artists, gave one concert on Sunday with another set for Tuesday. Kim and his wife, a former singer herself, came to watch Sunday's show, making him the first leader of the North to attend a concert by South Korean performers. Kim shook hands and took photos with the stars backstage, saying inter-Korean cultural events should be held more often and suggesting another event in the South Korean capital this autumn, pool reports said. The young couple were seen clapping their hands during the two-hour event, also attended by Kim's … [Read more...] about Kim Jong Un attends rare concert by South Korean pop stars