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Bangkok is still stunned by military assault on Redshirt encampment.
The Thai government is cracking down on protesters, but don't expect much criticism from Washington.
If we want to prevent any future Cheonans, we need to sit down with North Korea.
Red Shirt leaders leave their followers in the lurch.
Some countries are starting to think that it's time to move on from the USA.
South Korea has continuously increased its military spending since 2000 at a rate higher than conventional explanations would expect. Its spending grew 200 percent for the past ten years, higher than would be warranted by the growth of its economy or government budget over the same period.
Japanese PM Hatoyama tries to sell Okinawa on a modified base relocation plan.
The Department of Defense plans to relocate 8,600 Marines from Okinawa (Japan) to Guam, provide additional live-fire training sites, expand Andersen Air Force Base, create berthing for a nuclear aircraft carrier, and erect a missile defense system on the island.
The recent military budget increases in East Asia are motivated by various factors -- flash point-driven, hedging strategy-driven, or governance-driven -- but they do necessarily trigger an arms race in the region.
Beijing is rapidly expanding its influence in the Middle East. Will Washington do anything more than watch?