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NYT: North Korea will never play nice. Diplomat: Tensions between China and the West are here to stay. FT: Asia becomes modern, not Western.

North Korea will never play nice

BR Myers, director of the international studies department at Dongseo University, writes in the New York Times that North Korea will continue to ramp up its aggressive behavior if it is not dealt with more strongly. The North Korean regime will never “play nice.”

QUOTE: The military-first state is going to collapse at some stage; let’s do what we can to make that happen sooner rather than later.

Tensions between China and the West are here to stay

Minxin Pei, an adjunct senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writes in the Diplomat that the recent tensions between China and the West are a result of different perspectives. China does not consider its behavior aggressive but more a reasonable defense of its national interests.

QUOTE: We are entering a prolonged period of elevated tensions and more frequent disputes between China and the West—the ‘new normal’ in geopolitics.

Ireland will recover

Brian Lenihan, Ireland’s minister for finance, writes in the Financial Times that while Ireland faces financial struggles, its economy is getting back on track and the government is doing what it needs to make sure the banking system recovers.  

QUOTE: Ireland will rebound. This plan is our roadmap.

The euro’s fate is in Germany’s hands

Timothy Garton Ash, professor of European studies at Oxford University, writes in Toronto’s Globe and Mail that the fate of the eurozone depends on Germany, who has the power to kill or save the euro.

QUOTE: The challenge for German statecraft is to find this difficult but sustainable compromise, in the most intensive negotiations with all its European partners – and then to sell the result to its own reluctant people.

US policymakers failed to listen to intelligence on North Korea

Michael Green, a former senior official on the US National Security Council Staff, and William Tobey, a former deputy administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, write in the Wall Street Journal that analysts have consistently tracked North Korea’s steps as it builds its nuclear program. The problem has been that policymakers have not listened.

QUOTE: The focus right now should be on containment, interdiction and pressure. The inability to do so on a sustained basis until now was a failure of policy, not intelligence.

Asia becomes modern, not Western

Columnist David Pilling writes in the Financial Times that Asian nations like China, Japan and India have shown that modernization does not require that countries mimic the West.

QUOTE: As Asia advances materially, it will become less imitative of the west and more able to express its own version of what it means to be modern.

China shows its teeth

Diplomatic editor Praveen Swami writes in London’s Daily Telegraph that China’s dealings with North Korea and refusal to use its influence to pressure the country to adhere by international norms shows that China is not willing to be a global player yet. Instead, China has been showing its aggressive side with many of its neighbors.

QUOTE: In recent months, most of its Asian neighbors have seen a deterioration in relations: Japan has sparred with China over the Senkaku islands; Vietnam in the South China Sea; and India over disputed territory in the Himalayas.

Obama must hold nations to nuclear nonproliferation standards

Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, writes in the New Republic that President Obama should ensure that all countries it makes deals with on civilian nuclear technology follow stringent nuclear nonproliferation standards.

QUOTE: While neither Vietnam nor Jordan is that likely to develop a nuclear weapons option, holding either of them to a lower bar would set off a chain reaction, which would virtually ensure that no future nuclear cooperation agreement is subject to the UAE conditions.

America’s fundamentals are still strong

Columnist David Ignatius writes in the Washington Post that there is a sense in America that the country is going on the wrong direction and no one knows how to turn things around. He argues that the fundamentals of America are still strong.

QUOTE: It's part of the American character to worry about hardship and decline. But our history tells us that - if we keep our wits and hold tight to sweet reason, freedom and creativity - we always seem to prove the naysayers wrong.

Turkey deserves credit for building up its democracy

Author Aliza Marcus writes in Foreign Policy that critics in the West accuse Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of destroying the country’s democracy. In reality, he is building it back up after a brutal military period.

QUOTE: The constitutional reforms are only one of many ways that Erdogan's government, now in its eighth year of power, has worked to strengthen respect for human rights and the rule of law.