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 has promised to shut its atomic test site within weeks and invite American weapons experts to verify its closure, Seoul reported Sunday, as new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington had an "obligation" to pursue peace. Kim Jong Un plans to shut down North Korea's nuclear test site in May, Seoul says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- who may meet US President Donald Trump as early as next month -- also said Pyongyang would have no need for nuclear weapons if it were promised it would not be invaded, according to Seoul. Friday's historic meeting saw Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agree to pursue the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula. Washington's new chief diplomat said he and Kim held in-depth talks about a denuclearisation "mechanism" when they met over Easter. "We talked a great deal about what it might look like, what this complete, verifiable, irreversible mechanism might look like," Pompeo said. "We have an obligation to … [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
SEOUL — South Korea’s unification ministry said on Friday it does not attach any meaning to North Korean state media reports that did not mention the date and venue for an inter-Korean summit in April. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday that the two Koreas agreed to hold a summit of their leaders after holding high-level talks, but it did not mention that the meeting will be held at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27. Previously, North Korea’s state media reported details of the two inter-Korean summits, held in 2000 and 2007 in Pyongyang. "State media reports without summit details do not appear to have significance. The move may be related to North Korea’s (practice of not revealing Kim Jong-un’s) movement routes or other internal issues," Lee Eugene, vice spokesperson at Seoul’s unification ministry, told a press briefing. The meeting between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim will be the first … [Read more...] about North Korea media’s failure to report summit date, venue not meaningful: ministry