Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific

Weekly Update – July 10

John Woo will remain in China for his next film on WWII, which takes a theme in the American volunteers recruited to aid the Chinese Air Force prior to the US participation in WWII; Veterans of the Korean War will be special guests during opening ceremonies for the Great Texas Balloon Race this year; Japan received the first Chinese individual tourist after change in its law; Taiwan is ready to receive more investment from China.

John Woo Divebombs Into WWII Again With ‘Flying Tiger Heroes’, MTV Blog, July 6, 2009

Balloon Race honors Korean War veterans,, July 3, 2009

Taiwan Opens 100 Industries to Chinese Investment (Update2), Bloomberg, June 30, 2009

First individual Chinese tourists visit Japan, AFP, July 8, 2009

WWII Veteran Back to China from Burma, Taiwan-China Issue
June 12, 2009, 2:41 pm
Filed under: China, Remainder, Territorial Disputes

Articles below discuss return of WWII veterans from Burma to China, Taiwanese President Mao’s potential meeting with Chinese President Hu, and Chinese businessmen’s visit at Taiwan:

WWII Veterans Return from Burma after 67 Years, China Degital Times, May 31, 2009

Taiwan president may meet China’s Hu – paper, Malaysia Star, June 11, 2009

China sends large group to buy Taiwanese goods, Associated Press, May 31, 2009

Weekly Update – June 12
June 12, 2009, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Japan, Remainder

The artciles below include: Statement by  President Obama’s nominee to the Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Remarks by the US Special Representative for North Korea Policy at the Korea Society Annual Dinner;  Review of “The Uses and Abuses of History” by Margaret Macmillan; and Japan’s Reform of the Ministry of Defense Reform:

President Obama’s Nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State, Jun 10, 2009

Getting the history and the politics wrong, Tribune

Remarks at the Korea Society Annual Dinner, US Department of State, June 9, 2009

Defense Ministry pushes for more policy control, Japan Times, June 5, 2009

Weekly Update – Mar. 9-23

Japan Defense Minister’s China Visit a Sign of Warming Relations, China Daily, March 23, 2009.

Q&A: Lu Chuan (Director of “Nanking! Nanking!”), Hollywood Reporter, March 23, 2009.

South Korea-Japan Rivalvy Shows No Sign of Cooling, Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2009.

Foreign Domination in Korea, The Korea Times, The Korea Times, March 19, 2009.

“Sea of Japan” Appears in Korean Textbook, The Korea Times, March 18, 2009.

“Comfort Women” Film Touches Japan, The Korea Times, March 18, 2009.

VA Hospital Pulls “Jap Surrender” Headline from Historical Display, CNS News, March 11, 2009.

KCNA Slams Japanese Militarists’ Agitation of War, ISRIA, March 10, 2009.

Weekly Update – Mar. 02

Beijing Frets Over Pyongyang’s Launch, Asia Times Online, Mar. 4, 2009.

Rape Victim Fights for Justice Against U.S. Military, Japan, The Japan Times, Mar. 3, 2009.

Why we Recall Past Suffering, JoongAng Daily, Mar. 2, 2009.

Emperor, Empress May Visit Pearl Harbor Around July, Japan Today, Mar. 2, 2009.

Japan, China Discuss Gas Reserve Development, AP [CDT], Feb. 28, 2009.

China, Japan Play Down Islands Row, Warn N. Korea, AFP, Feb. 28, 2009.

Japan and China Seek Agreement Beyond Islands Row, Reuters, Feb. 28, 2009.

Japanese Court Rules War Shrine’s Names Must Stay, AFP, Feb. 26, 2009.

Weekly Update – Feb. 2

China: New Defense Posture, ISN Security Watch, February 2, 2009

‘East Sea’ Labeled ‘Sea of Chosun’ on Old Japanese Map, Chosun Ilbo, February 2, 2009

120,000 Koreans Drafted to Japan During Colonial Rule, Chosun Ilbo, February 2, 2009

Japan to Send Anti-Piracy Vessels to Somalia, AFT, February 1, 2009

East Asian Trio, The Daily Mail, January 31, 2009

Another Trilateral Commission, The National Interest, January 30, 2009

China to Tighten Ties with N. Korea, Chosun Ilbo, January 30, 2009

N. Korean Collapse Might Require Major Foreign Military Response, Global Security Newswire, January 29, 2009

Seoul, Tokyo to Launch Joint Study Next Month [PDF Available via Lexis], The Korea Herald,  January 28, 2009

The Secret History of Fortune Cookies,, January 26, 2009

China’s National Defense in 2008 (White Paper), Information Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China [Courtesy of FAS], January 23, 2009

First Trilateral Summit of China, Japan, and S Korea
December 15, 2008, 1:00 pm
Filed under: China-Japan, China-Korea, Japan, Japan-Korea, Remainder

Japanese media respond positively to tripartite summit of China, Japan, South Korea, Xinhua, December 15, 2008

Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing take step toward better ties, JoongAnn Daily, December 15, 2008

First Trilateral Summit, Korea Times, December 14, 2008

Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul vow to tighten ties, Financial Times, December 13, 2008

Three-way summit tests neighborly ties, UPI Asia, December 12, 2008