Monthly archive February, 2012
North Korea to Suspend Uranium Enrichment & Long Range Missile Tests

North Korea to Suspend Uranium Enrichment & Long Range Missile Tests

...but don't get your hopes up...

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South Korea Develops Indigenous Hardkill Active Protection System For K2 Battle Tank

South Korea Develops Indigenous Hardkill Active Protection System For K2 Battle Tank

The system is currently being tested on South Korea's K2 battle tanks, set to debut in 2013

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Happy Takeshima Day: The Dokdo Conundrum

Happy Takeshima Day: The Dokdo Conundrum

February 22 is now an annual date for Korean and Japanese nationalist agendas.

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North Korea Rattles Saber, South Korea/US Ignore & Conduct Live-Fire Exercises

North Korea Rattles Saber, South Korea/US Ignore & Conduct Live-Fire Exercises

Stratfor Global Intelligence posted a good primer today on the current North and South Korea saber rattlings

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Dispatch Japan: The US "pivot" towards East Asia

Dispatch Japan: The US “pivot” towards East Asia

Peter Ennis at Dispatch Japan has wrapped-up a series on the thoughts of four important Washington DC foreign policy experts on the Obama administration’s much touted “East Asia pivot.” It makes for interesting reading. Read over some of the highlights from the interviews below and click on the links for the full interviews. Senator Jim Webb,...

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South Korean Defense Industry Suffers First Major Defeat of 2012

South Korean Defense Industry Suffers First Major Defeat of 2012

Israel has picked Italy over South Korea for a 30-order supply of new supersonic fighter training aircraft.

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South Korea and Turkey Considering Cooperation on Atak Helicopter and K-FX Fighter Jet Projects

South Korea and Turkey Considering Cooperation on Atak Helicopter and K-FX Fighter Jet Projects

President Lee Myung-bak's visit to Turkey saw the ROK angling for cooperation with Ankara in the development of attack helicopters and fighter jets.

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South and East China Sea Flashpoints (Interactive Map and Timeline)

South and East China Sea Flashpoints (Interactive Map and Timeline)

Here's a handy interactive tool called Flashpoints that shows major incidents in the South and East China Seas since the mid-1950s.

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Boeing angling to offer South Korea F-15SA variant, but F-15K problems persist

Boeing angling to offer South Korea F-15SA variant, but F-15K problems persist

Boeing's participation in South Korea's FX-III fighter acquisition bidding will likely remain a roller coaster ride.

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South Korea's T-50 Golden Eagle sees increased attention abroad in 2012

South Korea’s T-50 Golden Eagle sees increased attention abroad in 2012

South Korea’s advanced training aircraft, the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle, is increasing its profile internationally in 2012

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South Korea Strengthens Defense Ties with Saudi Arabia, Secures New Crude Oil Supply

South Korea Strengthens Defense Ties with Saudi Arabia, Secures New Crude Oil Supply

President Lee is heading home with both a pledge from the Saudi government of a secure oil supply and a foot in the door to new venues for South Korean arms sales.

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That Chinese ‘Grenade’ Video…

Lots of buzz on the internet recently about this video from Chinese state television purporting to show Chinese soldiers passing live explosives around as “an exercise that sharpens co-ordination, teamwork and mental strength.” I think this is wrong – one, the smoke, explosives tend not to do that any more, unless a slow fuse is involved; second, the final guy throws the satchel at his feet and not into the bunker. It seems to me that this is a public demonstration, an open day at a base perhaps, and the satchel is a dud, but the explosives in the crater are very real. This makes it considerably less dangerous (but not with risk), but also a long way from the way it is being reported by the English language media.

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