31 August 2009

In other East Asian news...

I have to say I'm glad for the de-escalation on the Korean peninsula that we've seen recently. Since I've started paying attention to Korea in the early 2000s, it felt like the tensest time I'd seen. Now, with the release of both the American journalists and the South Korean fishermen, it seems like we might be back to our traditional glarefest.

I also find it interesting that the trailing of one of their ships by ours was so heavily reported, but when the UAE actually stops a North Korean ship and finds illicit weapons bound for Iran, it's a big yawn-fest to the media. We'll see if anything comes of it.

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