Posts tagged "analysis"
Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Last week STRATFOR posted an in-depth analysis of Chinese espionage in the US during 2010. The post comes as French car manufacturer Renault (alongside the national counter-intelligence agency, DCRI) investigate leaks to an unnamed foreign state after restricted information on the company’s electric vehicle development made its way into the hands of ‘persons unknown’. The...

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North Korean defectors and the ROK Army

North Korean defectors and the ROK Army

Public Radio International’s The World carried an interesting report by Jason Struther this week on the desire of some North Korean refugees to fight liberate their former state. South Korea is understandably reluctant (but unwilling to talk about why): Andrei Lankov, a North Korea analyst at Seoul’s Kookmin University, said in the past both Koreas...

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South Korean missile limits

South Korean missile limits

Under the 1979 US-ROK Accord, updated in 2001, South Korea is restricted from developing missiles with “a range of up to 300 kilometers and a payload of up to 500 kilograms.” The map below illustrates this current range:   South Korea, however, is unhappy with the current limits and would like to be able to...

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Weekend Update: Jan 23 2011

Weekend Update: Jan 23 2011

#1: Obama Hears a Hu Chinese President Hu Jintao was in the US this week for what was expected to be his ‘legacy’ visit. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem that any concrete political developments came out of the talks besides pledges for closer cooperation. As The Daily Beast summed up concisely, ‘Obama didn’t get the concessions...

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Wikileaks on Japanese-US-Australian intelligence cooperation

Wikileaks on Japanese-US-Australian intelligence cooperation

This one was a bit of a surprise earlier in the week, but it offers useful insight into what Japan’s poor data OPSEC has done to its reputation. In 2006, as Japan and Australia were discussing what would become the March 2007 Japan-Australia Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, Australia and the US discussed Japanese proposals...

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The tale of North Korea-Iran cash flow

Robert Neff at The Marmot’s Hole has a fascinating post detailing the money trail from North Korea to Iran via Seoul. This quote of a Choson Ilbo article is a brief introduction: Iran paid North Korea US$2.5 million for arms purchases in 2008 through the South Korean branch of Bank Mellat, U.S. diplomatic cables unveiled...

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Maehara Gets It

Maehara Gets It

After years of being bogged down by the abduction issue in the Six-Party Talks, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara seems to understand that it can’t continue. Whereas top Japanese and North Korean diplomats could sit face-to-face with each other to discuss the abductions at the six-party nuclear talks, the multilateral dialogue is for discussing Pyongyang’s nuclear...

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MSDF Anti-Piracy Role Protects 32,600 Sailors So Far

MSDF Anti-Piracy Role Protects 32,600 Sailors So Far

The Japanese Embassy in the Philippines is boasting of the MSDF’s role in multilateral anti-piracy efforts off the coast of the Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. According to their press release, Filipino sailors benefited most from the Japanese presence. The MSDF’s mission includes aiding not only Japanese-flagged ships, but also those of other countries....

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S Korea and Japan: Hopes Dashed?

S Korea and Japan: Hopes Dashed?

Some time earlier today, a South Korean fishing boat was apparently involved with a confrontation in Japanese-controlled waters near the disputed island Takeshima (Dokdo to Koreans, Liancourt Rocks to the rest of the world). From Xinhau: Patrol ships of the both sides began the joint investigation at around 3:53 p.m. local time in waters about...

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Is China the Reason Behind Japan’s Push for S. Korean Ties?

Charlie Reed at the Stars and Stripes quotes Denny Roy of the East-West Center in Hawaii as saying: “North Korea provides the political excuse for what would otherwise be a strategic move” against China, Roy said. “It’s a fig leaf.” “Japan-South Korea defense cooperation is an example of what the Chinese want to avoid,” said...

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Eric Margolis on the Chinese Naval 'Threat'

Eric Margolis on the Chinese Naval ‘Threat’

Yesterday, Eric Margolis wrote for the most succinct article yet on China’s growing naval capabilities and the threat they post to the US. From the Huffington Post: Over the past decade, China has been slowly building the capability to force the US Navy away from its coasts and deep in the Pacific. Beijing was horrified and mortified...

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