Things weren't going well—but a string of recent events has the pivot swinging again.
It wasn't big, but most of modern East Asia's hottest divisions still echo the 1895 Sino-Japanese War.
While the world watches Syria, tension builds.
China's rise is creating complex forces in U.S. relations with key Asian states.
China and Korea are furious with their neighbor. Their current approach won't get results.
The United States and South Korea are too close for either's good.
South Korea's new president will break with the hard-line approach of Lee Myung-bak.
China won't risk pressuring North Korea unless it fears Japan and South Korea might develop bombs of their own.
The industrial area shared with the North is a source of hard currency for a nation that threatens it.
Sustained diplomacy and political rebalancing may not succeed, but they are preferable to more escalation.
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