Chinese tourists to Japan are on the rise. In 2017, 26 percent of Japan’s total visitor arrivals came from China. A weak Japanese yen, rise of budget airlines, China’s easing of outbound tourism, Japan’s visa deregulation and a growing Chinese middle class are the reasons.
To facilitate peace on the Korean Peninsula, North and South Korea and the US are not the only critical actors. Russia, Japan and China are also strategically significant, but it is China which will be the most crucial for the US in the next phase of facilitating real peace.
Beyond the Sentosa agreement, what could potentially be significant about Kim Jong-un’s visit to Singapore is how it could mirror Deng Xiaoping’s pivotal 1978 Singapore visit. Could Kim Jong-un be inspired to implement a similar economic reform program for North Korea?
On May 24, 2018, the African country of Burkina Faso announced that it was breaking diplomatic relations with Taiwan. It was the second such setback for Taipei in one month. The Dominican Republic made the same move just over three weeks earlier.
On May 20, 2018, Tsai Ing-wen celebrated her two-year anniversary as President of Taiwan. Polls by political organizations and media agencies found greater public dissatisfaction with Tsai since she took office in 2016.
Kim Jung-un crossed the 38th Parallel line southward for the historic third inter-Korean summit on April 27, 2018. It was a 12 hour-long event that included a summit talk, a break, a stroll, the monumental event of planting a tree, and a banquet.
Major players in global trade will consider possible countermeasures and strategies to moderate the medium- and long-terms impacts of Donald Trump’s trade protectionism. Amid the trade war, China, Japan, and South Korea are reviving the delayed agenda of East Asia integration.
Kim Jong-un’s visit was very strategically calculated. It had two purposes. The first was to bring China-North Korea relations back on track. The second was to seek China’s insurance and confirm China’s patron-state status.