Category Archives: Japan

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0043/2017 A major development has just taken place today and we request your urgent assessment. North Korea fired a ballistic missile that passed over Japan, around 5:57 a.m. local time on Tuesday, August 29. A South Korean military official told NBC News that the missile flew for about 2,700 kilometers (1,678 miles), reaching a maximum altitude of 550 kilometers (342 miles). According to Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s defense… Read Article →

US Defense Secretary James Mattis Tones Down Rhetoric on South China Sea Dispute; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0016/2017 We request your assessment of the recent the visit by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis to South Korea and Japan. Q1. What are the implications for the South China Sea dispute? Secretary Mattis is quoted as saying there is no need for military moves. What message is the Trump Administration sending to the region? ANSWER: Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s visit to South Korea and… Read Article →

Military Modernization and Capacity Building in the Philippines and Vietnam; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0014/2017 Courtesy: Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Introduction This paper focuses on force modernization and capacity building in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) from the 1990s to the present. This paper is divided into five parts. Part one provides a historical background to force modernization in both countries during the period from the 1990s to around 2010 and… Read Article →

Vietnam: Should Tet (Lunar New Year) Be Abolished?; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0008/2017 Courtesy: Carlyle A. Thayer, “Vietnam: Should Tet (Lunar  New Year) Be Abolished?” Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, January 21, 2017. We request your opinion whether or not Vietnam should abolish the traditional celebrations on Lunar New Year (Tet).We seek your views on the questions below: Q1. As someone with years of observation and research on Vietnam, China and Southeast Asia, what are your thoughts on the traditional Lunar New Year? ANSWER:… Read Article →

Leveraging Heritage – China’s Role Within and Across the World By Archana Jayaraman

CAS article no. 0003/2017 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S)  There has been a lot of discussion about China’s ‘Soft Power Push’[1]. From culture, political values, innovation to education, China has been seen as reshaping its image to emerge as a power center in the region and steadily crawling outwards at the same time. Culture, specifically, has seen a major boost under President Xi Jinping’s leadership. At a session… Read Article →

Why is Japan’s PM visiting Pearl Harbor now?; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0167/2016 Courtesy: CCTVNews Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor on December 27 2016 is loaded with significance. First and foremost, it is important because this is the first time a Japanese prime minister will participate in a public ceremony at the US naval base in Hawaii that Japanese forces struck on December 7, 1941. The first prime minister to visit the memorial was reportedly… Read Article →

U.S.A – India Relations and Imperatives for China; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0090/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies While reporting on the visit of Modi to U.S and the U.S-India relations which are on the upswing, the state run Global Times published an article on 08th June 2016[i] with the title “India’s vision cannot be realized by containing China”. It is very clear that observers in China and the leadership are concerned with the new trajectory in U.S-India relationship…. Read Article →

New Capability and Reach of PLA Navy- Strategic and Tactical Implications in South China Sea and the Indian Ocean Region; By Commodore R. S Vasan IN (Retd)

CAS article no. 0032/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group The PLA- Navy continues to be in the news as China is determined to add to its growing maritime capability to build a blue water navy of form and substance.  The addition of a new assets to the PLA on a regular basis provides a power projection capability not just within the confines of the South China Seawhere it has territorial… Read Article →

Abe and Modi Attempt to Bridge the Indo-Pacific; By Sourabh Gupta

CAS article no:  0005/2016 Courtesy: East Asia Forum During the second week of December 2015, Japan and India held one of their more productive annual summit meetings in recent memory in New Delhi.Breaking the pattern of high atmospherics and shallow content that has characterised Japan-India interactions over the past half-decade, prime ministers Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi signed agreements on civil nuclear cooperation, defence equipment and technology transfer, protection of… Read Article →

Vietnamese Diplomacy, 1975-2015: From Member of the Socialist Camp to Proactive International Integration; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no:  0004/2016 Courtesy: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1(3), 2015. 194-214. Introduction This paper presents a broad overview of the evolution of Vietnamese diplomacy from national reunification in 1975 to the present. This forty-year timeframe is sub-divided into three parts. The first part studies Vietnam’s shift from a member of the socialist community led by the Soviet Union to a member of the international community from 1975-91. This… Read Article →