Day: December 26, 2009

Stehen Sie Auf: The Germans Step Up

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China / Cultural Politics / Environmental Politics in East Asia / EU-East Asia relations / German / Pensee / Sino-German Relations

Along with and her cabinet members, German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to be filling a void left by the Obama administration in speaking frankly to China on environmental and human rights issues.  Apparently being somewhat less in debt to China, or, perhaps, possessing the postwar German penchant for speaking truth to power, adds to the conservative democrat’s ability to do speak with a moral voice. Without speculating that Germany is simply nervous about losing its […]

New Korean-American Messiah Crosses the Tumen (Updated)

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North Korea / North Korean border region / Sino-Japanese Relations / Sino-North Korean relations / US-North Korea relations

One Free Korea carries a vital and extensive report on the latest international incident on the North Korea-China border: Reuters is reporting that Robert Park, a 28 year-old American, has walked across the Tumen River from China to the North Korean town of Hoeryong, which is infamous for being both the birthplace of Kim Jong Il’s mother and the the town nearest to Camp 22. Park’s apparent objectives were (1) to get himself arrested and […]