Author and longtime Seoul correspondent Donald Kirk writes that Trump’s victory “should give a substantial boost to advocates of a nuclear South Korea. He has said both South Korea and Japan should have nukes. That supports his view that the U.S. should be pulling troops from South Korea and Japan, leaving them to their own defenses. Nuclear weapons could be seen as an integral part of those defenses—just as North Korea has repeatedly said it needs nukes for defensive purposes. Of course, nukes are much more than ‘defensive’—and the implications for nuclear-armed Northeast Asian states eventually using them are disturbing.” … [Read more...] about President-Elect Trump Could Make a World of Trouble Worse. Much Worse.
Bryant's popularity among Chinese fans was rivaled only by Yao, LeBron James and Michael Jordan. His playing appearances, including the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics won by the U.S., were far exceeded by his promotional appearances in the country, both on behalf of his own brand and basketball generally. At a 2013 Lakers preseason game against Golden State in Beijing, the arena rang out with chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” despite the injured superstar not even having suited up for the game. … [Read more...] about Bryant’s death draws tributes from Asian fans, politicians