Why troubles brewing in North-east Asia bear watching

Seemingly disparate, the Pyongyang tantrums, a fretful Tokyo and growing pessimism in Beijing will have an impact on South-east Asia

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While the China-India border and the South China Sea are grabbing most of the international affairs headlines, the strategic landscape is also changing in North-east Asia. Some of the changes have the potential to dramatically impact South-east Asia.

There are three major developments that merit attention: North Korea lashing out at South Korea, tension between the United States and its allies Japan and South Korea, and rumblings of discontent out of China. Each has different causes and poses a different problem for the broader Asia-Pacific region.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2020, with the headline Why troubles brewing in North-east Asia bear watching. Subscribe