Archive: Asia

What Kim Jong Il Wants

"What does North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il want?" Answers to that question, posed by Germany's Spiegel Online after last week's confirmed nuclear test, abound in the international online media. The reclusive leader is said to be using his nuclear...

By Jefferson Morley | October 17, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

North Korea's Nukes: What Next?

North Korea's first nuclear test has created new political realities for its neighbors. Monday's test marks the culmination of a year of futile international diplomacy aimed at preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons to the Korean peninsula. North Korea's official...

By Jefferson Morley | October 10, 2006; 09:13 AM ET | Comments (38)

Musharraf's Book Tour

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's promotion of his new memoir, "In the Line of Fire," has to be among the most unusual and successful book tours ever. While visiting Washington and London, Musharraf managed to get a plug from President Bush...

By Jefferson Morley | October 4, 2006; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (20)

Afghanistan: What's Gone Wrong?

On the eve of President Bush's Wednesday summit with Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the U.S. effort in Afghanistan appears more troubled than at any time in the past five years.

By Jefferson Morley | September 26, 2006; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (35)

India Links Bombay Blast to Kashmir Conflict

In the Indian press, the bombs that exploded today in Bombay are linked to a string of grenade attacks earlier in the day in Srinagar, the capital of India's portion of the divided Kashmir province. The grenade attacks reportedly killed...

By Jefferson Morley | July 11, 2006; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (105)

North Korea in the Eyes of Iran

As the U.S. tries to unite a divided international community around its its strategy over North Korea, Iran finds itself in an unusual position in the nuclear proliferation diplomacy wars -- as spectator. It's probably no surprise that North Korea's...

By Jefferson Morley | July 11, 2006; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (11)

The Korean Missile Gap

The missiles that North Korea fired over and into the Sea of Japan on July 4 were aimed at the political unity of the international community, according to various observers in the South Korean online media. The question is whether...

By Jefferson Morley | July 6, 2006; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (12)

South Korea: What Me Worry?

While the rest of the world sounds very worried, the South Korean government is downplaying reports that North Korea may be preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to reports in the country's online media. U.S. Secretary of State...

By Jefferson Morley | June 20, 2006; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (36)

Whatever Happened to North Korea?

While world powers met yesterday to discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions, it seems that once-urgent efforts to curb North Korea's far advanced nuclear program have stalled and all but vanished from the news. What gives? North Korea's abrupt cancellation Wednesday of...

By Jefferson Morley | May 25, 2006; 08:49 AM ET | Comments (26)

China's Media Stay on Message

If you read China's online press, this week's meeting between President Hu Jintao and George W. Bush is a get-together of natural partners who, but for a few misunderstandings, could and should be much better friends. The Chinese commentary on Hu's visit doesn't just closely follow Hu's message to. It is Hu's message. The leading English language news sites are all controlled by the government. To get a more complete picture of the dance between the world's most powerful nation and the world' most populous country, you have to read other Asian online commentators.

By | April 20, 2006; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (32)

Down Under, Oil for Food Scandal Spins the Other Way

In Australia, the politics of the United Nations Oil for Food scandal have been reversed. In the United States and Europe, conservative commentators have played up the scandal, noting that that French, Russian and British officials who opposed the U.S.-led...

By Jefferson Morley | April 18, 2006; 06:15 PM ET | Comments (15)

Pakistan's Blog Blockade

"Americans will support the Pakistani people as they take further steps toward democracy," declared President Bush at a state dinner in Pakistan last Saturday. One of those steps, say two Pakistani bloggers, would be to restore the country's access a...

By Jefferson Morley | March 8, 2006; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (56)

Pakistan as Second Fiddle

If India is a friend of the United States, Pakistan is only an ally.  The difference, say Pakistan online commentators, explains why President Bush's visit to Islamabad on Saturday is unlikely to generate the warmth or positive headlines of his...

By Jefferson Morley | March 3, 2006; 01:17 PM ET | Comments (65)

India: We Have Arrived

Indian online commentators agree: India has arrived as a superpower.The signing of a civilian nuclear agreement with the United States has pushed the stock market and national self-esteem to new heights. "For a country that was widely regarded as 20th...

By Jefferson Morley | March 2, 2006; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (45)

Two Indias -- How Class Colors Public Opinion

Bush's approval ratings may be high overall in India, but the country's class differences play a significant role in coloring the reception of American ideals there. An editorial in today's edition of The Hindu, one of India's largest circulation...

By Jefferson Morley | March 1, 2006; 02:06 PM ET | Comments (72)

India Divided on U.S. Nuke Deal

The key question of President Bush's visit to India, say Indian online commentators, is whether the two countries will finalize a July 2005 agreement promising India access to U.S. and foreign civilian nuclear technology. The deal would allow India to...

By Jefferson Morley | March 1, 2006; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (22)

Pro-America India (and Anti-)

As President Bush departs for India today, he can expect a warmer reception than in most countries. Sixty-six percent of Indians polled by the newsweekly Outlook said that they regard Bush as a friend of India. Bush benefits from generally...

By Jefferson Morley | February 28, 2006; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (92)

China's Sanctioned Dissent

In China, there are two kinds of online dissent. While the Communist Party strives to control independent bloggers, the country's official online media outlets do allow criticism of the government -- up to a point. Sanctioned dissent is the flip...

By Jefferson Morley | February 21, 2006; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (8)

'Double Standards' and Dissenters

As the worldwide protests against Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad show no signs of subsiding, a debate within the Muslim world is also visible. While many online Islamic commentators accuse the West of hypocrisy about freedom of expression, a...

By Jefferson Morley | February 16, 2006; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (61)

Pakistan's Press Turns on Washington

In the wake of nationwide protests in Pakistan against the unsuccessful U.S. cruise missile strike against Al Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri, the county's English-language press is criticizing both the U.S. and Pakistani governments for the action. Not only did the...

By Jefferson Morley | January 16, 2006; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (16)

First France, Now Australia

On Dec. 12, mobs of young white Australians battled Lebanese and South Asia immigrants on a popular beach in Sydney, Australia, resulting in scores of injuries and the arrest of 164 people. Like last month's rioting in France, the violence...

By Jefferson Morley | December 19, 2005; 06:05 PM ET | Comments (12)

East Asia's New Old Cold War

As President Bush tours East Asia this week, the region's online media simmers with palpable resentment between Japan and its neighbors. While Bush seeks closer military relations with Japan, other host countries in the region are preoccupied with animosities against...

By Jefferson Morley | November 15, 2005; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (39)

Spy Case Implicates Former Philippines Police Chief

A Filipino political leader who admits receiving information from accused spy Leandro Aragoncillo, a former administrative chief of Vice President Cheney's security detail, has spent years fighting off legal charges of murder, corruption and human rights abuses, according to the...

By Jefferson Morley | October 6, 2005; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Yahoo Adds Bricks to China's 'Great Firewall'

The U.S. government apparently can't do anything about the bloggers and international online news sites whose coverage forced the politically embarrassing story of U.S. soldiers posting photos of mutilated Iraqis on the Internet.  The government of China has no such...

By Jefferson Morley | October 1, 2005; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

South Korea Nuclear Reaction

South Korea's editorialists took a wide view of the joint statement issued by the six countries negotiating over North Korea's nuclear program. Dong-A Ilbo said the agreement can free Koreans from the fear of nuclear war. The Seoul daily praised...

By Jefferson Morley | September 24, 2005; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (3)


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