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South China Morning Post (July 6)

2018/ 07/ 08 by jd in Global News

As the U.S. and China begin to “spar over trade, Japan may avoid a direct hit – for now.” While the first round of tariffs is “expected to have limited impact,” the dispute “could lead to further appreciation of yen and punitive duties on Japanese cars” if it continues to spiral out of control.


Washington Post (July 12)

2016/ 07/ 14 by jd in Global News

“China is increasingly asserting itself as a great power, and nowhere is its rise more likely to lead to war than in the South China Sea” where tensions have been rising with nations who dispute China’s claims. “These tensions are likely only to increase in the wake of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling Tuesday undermining China’s claims and bolstering those of the Philippines, one of the closest U.S. allies in the region.” We have not escaped from “perilous waters.” In fact, “China is more prepared for a confrontation than Western experts may expect.”


Wall Street Journal (March 1)

2016/ 03/ 01 by jd in Global News

Mauricio Macri, the new Argentine President, is off to a dramatic start. “This week he settled a dispute with a number of the country’s creditors that had dragged on for more than a decade as it tarnished Argentina’s reputation. Mr. Macri now has the country poised for a return to international capital markets and perhaps an economic revival that was impossible under his Peronist predecessor Cristina Kirchner.”


Washington Post (February 17)

2016/ 02/ 19 by jd in Global News

“It’s economists vs. the stock market. Economists generally don’t forecast a recession anytime soon,” but the stock market sure seems to be forecasting one. “Who’s right? We’ll know in a few months. Meanwhile, the dispute highlights the incomplete nature of the present recovery, which has lasted a long time but, to millions of Americans, still feels unsatisfactory.”


Financial Times (August 1)

2014/ 08/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Argentina’s 12-year dispute with a group of hedge funds holding out for full payment on defaulted Argentine bonds is proving to be one of the most wasteful debt restructurings in history…. Indeed the case once again illustrates the need for a better way of managing sovereign defaults.”


Washington Post (January 11, 2014)

2014/ 01/ 12 by jd in Global News

China’s ambassador to the U.S., who served as ambassador to Japan from 2007 to 2009, writes “Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent homage at the Yasukuni war shrine deeply disturbed people in China and much of Asia. The dispute surrounding his actions is about more than symbolism; it goes to the heart of his intentions for Japan’s future and his willingness to build an atmosphere of trust, respect and equality in East Asia.”


Financial Times (November 19, 2013)

2013/ 11/ 20 by jd in Global News

Are Japan and China on a collision course? As the Senkaku dispute festers and both countries move to create National Security Councils, it still remains difficult “to believe that either China or Japan actually wants a war. The bigger risk is that military posturing around the islands will lead to an accidental clash – and that the governments of both nations would then be trapped by their own nationalist rhetoric, making it very hard to climb down.”


New York Times (November 1)

2013/ 11/ 01 by jd in Global News

An ongoing border dispute between India and China has led to war and confrontation. A recent agreement, however, “gives both sides an incentive to review their now very different maps of the region and settle on a permanent border. Until that happens, the possibility of serious conflict remains very real.”