East Asia Compass by Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra
COVID-19 in North Korea: A State-fuelled Tragedy
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 17 May, 2022 · 5817
On 13 and
14 May 2022, North Korea reported 1,74,400 and 2,60,000 new COVID-19
cases and 21 and 15 deaths, respectively. It is thus hard to believe that the
country was officially free from the pandemic until 11 May the same year. On 12
Testing the Strength of India-Japan Relations
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 26 Apr, 2022 · 5814
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited India in March this year. In a joint press
conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kishida raised the issue
of Russia’s “aggression”
with Ukraine. The difference between t ...
A New South Korean President: What Challenges Await Yoon Suk-yeol?
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 30 Mar, 2022 · 5810
In an exceptionally close South
Korean presidential election, Yoon Suk-yeol of the opposition People Power
Party (PPP) defeated Lee Jae-myung of the Democratic Party (DP) by “0.8
percent points.”In his post-election speech, President ...
Does the Biden Administration have ‘Strategic Clarity’ on Taiwan?
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 23 Feb, 2022 · 5809
In the first week of
February, the US and Japan held a joint naval exercise—Noble
Fusion 2022—in which around 15,000 US and 1,000 Japan Self-Defence Forces (SDF)
personnel participated. The exercise extended through the Luzon Strait ...
Between the US and China: Japan’s Layered Balancing Act Under Kishida
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 30 Dec, 2021 · 5803
On 24 December 2021, after
procrastinating for more than a month, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary,
Hirokazu Matsuno finally announced his country’s
decision to not send a government delegation to the Beijing Winter Olympics in
Three Observations on a Declaration to End the Korean War
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 29 Nov, 2021 · 5796
Korean President Moon Jae-in’s efforts towards an end-of-war declaration on the
Korean War appears to be moving ahead despite apprehensions. Moon has appealed
for such a declaration several times during his tenure, with the most
North Korea’s Missile Tests: Addressing vs Normalising
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 27 Oct, 2021 · 5793
On 19 October 2021, North Korea tested another ballistic missile. It
was reportedly a submarine-launched
ballistic missile (SLBM). Sinpo is a port city in North Korea’s South Hamgyong Province,
on the coast of the East Sea. The city is ...
A Change of Leadership in Japan
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 24 Sep, 2021 · 5785
September 2021, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that he
would not contest his party’s leadership position and that his term would end
on 29 September 2021. This announcement comes nearly a year into Suga’s
Chinese Diplomacy and the Taliban in Afghanistan
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 31 Aug, 2021 · 5783
is becoming increasingly obvious what kind of superpower China might be. Even as the international community
watches the unfolding events in Afghanistan with concern, China has moved
quickly to further its interests in the region. For ...
Restoration of Inter-Korea Communication Lines
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 30 Jul, 2021 · 5777
On 27 July 2021, cross-border
communication lines between North and South Korea were restored.
They had been severed for almost 13 months. North Korea initiated the
disengagement on the pretext of propaganda leaflets entering from the ot ...