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Nihon-no atarashī yoake (Japan’s New Dawn)

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Common Sense has been following the ongoing conflict over the islands of the South China Sea – and the mineral and fishing wealth they offer – for some time[1]. There are a number of states involved, but the central feature of all disputes is China’s claims to sovereignty and an economic exclusion zone over the […]

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Pacific Heat

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Common Sense has been tracking the nascent arms race in the Pacific here, here and here, and what it portends for the future. As the Asian economies grow in relative and absolute importance, competition for resources and markets is increasing. Wealth brings the means and incentives to spend on armaments, and the burgeoning middle classes […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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