Asian Perspective

Provides articles on global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Northeast Asia.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, 2012

Between Aid and Restriction: The Soviet Union's Changing Policies on China's Nuclear Weapons Program, 1954-1960
Based on newly available Chinese and Russian archival documents and oral histories, this article examines the origins and evolution of Soviet policies concerning China's nuclear weapons program from 1954 to 1960. The article argues that Soviet premier...
China's Macroeconomic Response to the Global Recession: Ideational Sources and Substantive Contents
Confronted with a looming global recession in 2008-2009, Chinese policymakers quickly concurred on a multipronged package of fiscal, monetary, household, and social remedies. No doubt, crisis exigencies and an authoritarian political system contributed...
From the Secret "Korean Minute" to the Open "Korea Clause": The United States and Japan and the Security of the Republic of Korea
Using a historical approach based on newly declassified materials, I attempt to explain the correlation or contradiction between the open "Korea Clause" of 1969 and the secret "Korean Minute" of 1960, both of which were issued by the US-Japan alliance...
Is the Poor Quality of Chinese Civic Awareness Preventing Democracy in China? A Case Study of Zeguo Township
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)A prevailing view in China is that the country cannot democratize because of the poor quality of the populace with respect to "citizen quality," or civic awareness. This viewpoint lacks empirical support in relevant...
Organizing International Security in Northeast Asia: Hegemony, Concert of Powers, and Collective Security
Compared with the first North Korean nuclear crisis in the mid-1990s, the second North Korean nuclear crisis of the early 2000s reveals very different features. The second crisis led to dialogues on how to manage a regional security issue. Moreover,...
Private-Sector Networks, Democracy, and Interstate Relations: A Case Study of South Korea and Taiwan
Since South Korea and Taiwan established diplomatic ties in August 1948, the relationship between Seoul and Taipei has gradually expanded through public channels and private-sector networks. However, South Korea's normalization of relations with China...