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Japan First Country To Pay For Iranian Crude Following Interim Deal
February 07, 2014
Japan First Country To Pay For Iranian Crude Following Interim Deal
Although Japan has cleared a payment of $550 million to Iran for oil purchased, it is not planning to increase imports.
Japan First Country To Pay For Iranian Crude Following Interim Deal
Iran Nuclear Chief: Arak Reactor May Be Modified
February 06, 2014
Iran Nuclear Chief: Arak Reactor May Be Modified
Ali Akbar Salehi indicated in an interview that Iran might be willing to convert Arak to a light-water facility.
Iran Nuclear Chief: Arak Reactor May Be Modified
North and South Korea Plan Family Reunions
February 06, 2014
North and South Korea Plan Family Reunions
Also, North Korea calls Abe the "Asian Hitler," and China's influence in North Korea wanes.
North and South Korea Plan Family Reunions
Pakistan's Top General In Saudi Arabia To Discuss Defense Cooperation
February 06, 2014
Pakistan's Top General In Saudi Arabia To Discuss Defense Cooperation
Pakistan's chief of army staff is in Riyadh to expand their strategic partnership.
Pakistan's Top General In Saudi Arabia To Discuss Defense Cooperation
Japanese Government Panel Likely To Recommend Lifting Collective Defense Ban
February 05, 2014
Japanese Government Panel Likely To Recommend Lifting Collective Defense Ban
A Japanese government panel will recommend that Japan remove its ban on collective self-defense.
Japanese Government Panel Likely To Recommend Lifting Collective Defense Ban
Karzai's Taliban Backchannel: A Wild Goose Chase
February 05, 2014
Karzai's Taliban Backchannel: A Wild Goose Chase
Hamid Karzai stalled the Bilateral Security Agreement because of ongoing secret negotiations with the Taliban.
Karzai's Taliban Backchannel: A Wild Goose Chase
Chinese Foreign Ministry: No South China Sea ADIZ
February 04, 2014
Chinese Foreign Ministry: No South China Sea ADIZ
China says that reports of a South China Sea ADIZ being imminent are baseless rumors.
Chinese Foreign Ministry: No South China Sea ADIZ
Afghan Presidential Campaigning Begins
February 04, 2014
Afghan Presidential Campaigning Begins
Afghanistan's eleven presidential candidates began campaigning amidst security concerns.
Afghan Presidential Campaigning Begins
Indonesian Extremists Drawn To Syrian Conflict
February 01, 2014
Indonesian Extremists Drawn To Syrian Conflict
A new report elucidates the allure of the Syrian conflict to Islamic extremists from Indonesia.
Indonesian Extremists Drawn To Syrian Conflict
India Invites Japan To Develop Infrastructure In Its Northeast
February 01, 2014
India Invites Japan To Develop Infrastructure In Its Northeast
India has reportedly invited Japanese firms to develop infrastructure in a region disputed between India and China.
India Invites Japan To Develop Infrastructure In Its Northeast
Chinese, South Korean, North Korean Ambassadors Criticize Japan At UN
January 31, 2014
Chinese, South Korean, North Korean Ambassadors Criticize Japan At UN
A recent debate at the UN brought Northeast Asian diplomatic tensions to the fore .
Chinese, South Korean, North Korean Ambassadors Criticize Japan At UN
Pakistani Troops Violate Ceasefire With India
January 31, 2014
Pakistani Troops Violate Ceasefire With India
After a period of relative tranquility, Pakistani troops violated the LoC ceasefire for the first time in 2014.
Pakistani Troops Violate Ceasefire With India
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force Acknowledges Losing Unmanned Submersible In Tsugaru Strait
January 30, 2014
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force Acknowledges Losing Unmanned Submersible In Tsugaru Strait
Plus Pakistan's National Security thinks the U.S. loves India more than Pakistan, and more. Mid-week links.
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force Acknowledges Losing Unmanned Submersible In Tsugaru Strait
India Will Buy 15 Amphibious Aircraft From Japan: So What?
January 29, 2014
India Will Buy 15 Amphibious Aircraft From Japan: So What?
It is likely that Japan will sell India its indigenously developed US-2 amphibious aircraft in 2014.
India Will Buy 15 Amphibious Aircraft From Japan: So What?
New Japanese Teaching Guidelines Treat Senkakus, Kurils, Takeshima As 'Integral Territories'
January 28, 2014
New Japanese Teaching Guidelines Treat Senkakus, Kurils, Takeshima As 'Integral Territories'
Japan's new teaching guidelines will add tension to an already fraught region.
New Japanese Teaching Guidelines Treat Senkakus, Kurils, Takeshima As 'Integral Territories'
What Can Manmohan Singh Accomplish By Visiting Pakistan?
January 28, 2014
What Can Manmohan Singh Accomplish By Visiting Pakistan?
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Pakistan in March to reignite the Composite Dialogue Process.
What Can Manmohan Singh Accomplish By Visiting Pakistan?
Karzai Government Submits False Evidence To Substantiate US Collateral Damage
January 27, 2014
Karzai Government Submits False Evidence To Substantiate US Collateral Damage
The Afghan government presented false evidence to accuse the U.S. of unacceptable collateral damage. Why?
Karzai Government Submits False Evidence To Substantiate US Collateral Damage
India and Japan to Conduct Naval Exercise in Pacific Ocean, Consult on National Security
January 27, 2014
India and Japan to Conduct Naval Exercise in Pacific Ocean, Consult on National Security
Shinzo Abe's latest visit to New Delhi resulted in several important agreements on security and economics.
India and Japan to Conduct Naval Exercise in Pacific Ocean, Consult on National Security
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement
January 25, 2014
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement
Saudi Arabia and Indonesia signed their first defense cooperation agreement.
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement
China Touts Nuclear ICBM Drill
January 24, 2014
China Touts Nuclear ICBM Drill
Plus, a U.S. nuclear forces review is imminent, Indonesia's military has big plans, and Afghanistan's future.
China Touts Nuclear ICBM Drill
Pakistan Ceases Cross-Border Movement With India After Drug Bust
January 24, 2014
Pakistan Ceases Cross-Border Movement With India After Drug Bust
Pakistan's response to an Indian drug bust highlights the weak foundations of bilateral trade talks.
Pakistan Ceases Cross-Border Movement With India After Drug Bust
Shinzo Abe At World Economic Forum: 'Restrain Military Expansion In Asia'
January 23, 2014
Shinzo Abe At World Economic Forum: 'Restrain Military Expansion In Asia'
Shinzo Abe's speech to the World Economic Forum reveals his thinking on the Senkaku-Diaoyu dispute.
Shinzo Abe At World Economic Forum: 'Restrain Military Expansion In Asia'
Pentagon: 10,000 Troops Or Nothing In Afghanistan
January 23, 2014
Pentagon: 10,000 Troops Or Nothing In Afghanistan
A Pentagon proposal to the White House calls to maintain 10,000 troops or zero in Afghanistan–no in-betweens.
Pentagon: 10,000 Troops Or Nothing In Afghanistan
India and Pakistan Reduce Barriers To Cross-Border Trade
January 22, 2014
India and Pakistan Reduce Barriers To Cross-Border Trade
Preliminary talks between India and Pakistan on trade have produced promising results.
India and Pakistan Reduce Barriers To Cross-Border Trade
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