Wednesday, February 05, 2014

On Preserving the Peace in Asia

Rana Mitter's Bloomberg commentary via The Japan Times should interest Asia-focused readers and anyone with a serious interest in international relations:
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hoped to herald his economic reform program at Davos last month, Instead, people zeroed in on another of Abe’s comments: likening tensions between China and Japan today to those between the United Kingdom and Germany on the eve of World War I. 
Abe wasn’t advocating war between Asia’s two biggest economies. His words, however, exposed a problem in Northeast Asia, one with roots in World War II, not the first: the lack of multilateral institutions to settle disputes matching those created in Western Europe after 1945…..
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