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Taiwan inches closer to allowing same-sex marriage

Taiwan, host of Asia’s largest pride parade, could become the first in the region to allow gay marriage. The island nation’s top court ruled Wednesday that the current legal definition of marriage as
Trump Needs to Show That He Is Serious About America’s Rivalry With China

Trump Needs to Show That He Is Serious About America’s Rivalry With China

The president should use his trip to Asia to reassure allies and assert U.S. power.
South Korea has surprisingly little control over its own fate when it comes to North Korea

South Korea has surprisingly little control over its own fate when it comes to North Korea

Imagine an agreement whereby, should a war break out, operational control of your country’s military would be assumed by another nation. That’s the deal that…
‘Come to the Table and Make a Deal.’ President Trump Changes His Tune on North Korea

‘Come to the Table and Make a Deal.’ President Trump Changes His Tune on North Korea

The U.S President reaffirmed the U.S.-South Korea alliance while visiting Seoul.
Japan Knows How to Pet the Donald

Japan Knows How to Pet the Donald

Japan is out in front in the race for Trump’s affections on his Asia tour.
One region is growing older a lot faster than anywhere else in the world

One region is growing older a lot faster than anywhere else in the world

As recently as 1975, the median person in East Asia was younger than the world as a whole. Now, the world’s median age is 30…
South Korea is updating North Koreans via loudspeaker about the soldier who defected

South Korea is updating North Koreans via loudspeaker about the soldier who defected

South Korea has long used loudspeakers along the North Korea border to deliver harsh words against the ruling regime in Pyongyang. Now it’s using them…
Tillerson’s new North Korea strategy is at odds with Trump—again

Tillerson’s new North Korea strategy is at odds with Trump—again

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has laid out a new strategy on North Korea, by saying this yesterday (Dec. 12): “We are ready to…
2018 is when something finally gives on North Korea

2018 is when something finally gives on North Korea

North Korea has long been one of the most secretive nations in the world, and making predictions about it has, correspondingly, long been inadvisable. Keeping…
The United States Should Resolve to Avoid War With North Korea in 2018

The United States Should Resolve to Avoid War With North Korea in 2018

The greatest danger to world peace in the coming year is the prospect of war on the Korean Peninsula — and Trump is making matters worse.
North Korea and South Korea talked on the phone again

North Korea and South Korea talked on the phone again

For the second day in a row, North and South Korea continued their major diplomatic breakthrough by chatting on the phone. North Korea initiated a…
North Korea and South Korea, thanks largely to sports, are holding key talks

North Korea and South Korea, thanks largely to sports, are holding key talks

North Korea and South Korea are holding their first high-level talks in more than two years on Tuesday (Jan. 9). Whatever their representatives do or…
Oddly beautiful things said in today’s meeting between South and North Korea

Oddly beautiful things said in today’s meeting between South and North Korea

The meetings between North Korea and South Korea today (Jan. 9) were remarkable in a number of ways, most notably that they were the first…
‘Much Bigger’ Buttons Have Nothing to Do With Deterrence

‘Much Bigger’ Buttons Have Nothing to Do With Deterrence

Trump doesn’t understand how armed diplomacy works.
North Korea-bound ships could soon be routinely intercepted by the US and its allies

North Korea-bound ships could soon be routinely intercepted by the US and its allies

In December, North Korea warned that a naval blockade would be considered an “act of war.” This week, foreign ministers from the US and about…

50 years ago North Korea seized a US spy ship and humiliated Washington

There’s only one active-duty vessel of the US Navy being held captive by a foreign government. It’s a North Korean tourist attraction. On Jan. 23,…
Why Americans see Buddhism as a philosophy rather than a religion

Why Americans see Buddhism as a philosophy rather than a religion

In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s death and entrance into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, the…
Trump Needs to Get Serious About Human Rights in North Korea

Trump Needs to Get Serious About Human Rights in North Korea

More than 20 million North Koreans have their human dignity trampled upon daily. The United States should do more for them.
Give ‘Maximum Pressure’ a Chance

Give ‘Maximum Pressure’ a Chance

Too much engagement with North Korea could derail the White House’s promising approach.
Japan’s fear of China and North Korea is helping Texas’s “Cowtown”

Japan’s fear of China and North Korea is helping Texas’s “Cowtown”

Japan plans to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, according to a report by Reuters yesterday. What’s most…