PacNet #32A – North Korea: Here We Go Again

Another outbreak of peace in Korea is upon us.  The media hailed a few minutes’ chat over coffee in Brunei between Colin Powell and North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam- sun as a big breakthrough.  Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, hotfoot from Pyongyang, says Kim Jong-il is “ready for dialogue without preconditions” with the United States.  Pyongyang now “regrets” sinking a South Korean frigate in June; inter-Korean talks have resumed.  On-off discussions with Japan are set to restart this month, too.

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China Reaches Out to India on Afghanistan

For the first time, India and China have met to discuss the future of Afghanistan, in light of the impending departure of Western forces from the nation.  In this Issue Perspective, Dr. Harsh Pant discusses China’s new interest in developing a regional approach, after years of relying on a “hands-off policy.”

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