Recent Commentary and Q&A
Shifts in Japan’s Life Science and Health Care Policy
Yuji Yamamoto (MinaCare) discusses Japan’s revised policies toward its life science sector and assesses the government’s new efforts to leverage the sector as a key driver of economic growth.
The U.S. Response to China’s Military Modernization
Mark Cozad of the RAND Corporation analyzes the new defense capabilities that China has developed and their effect on U.S. interests in Asia. He maintains that Chinese military modernization has advanced even when U.S. attention was focused on Afghanistan and the Middle East and recommends robust development of U.S. military capabilities to maintain the balance of power and the United States’ leadership role in Asia.
A Chinese Perspective on National Life Science Innovation and Leadership
Yiwu He (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) compares and contrasts the environments for innovation in the life sciences in the United States and China. He argues that China’s life science sector is likely to benefit over the long term from significant financial investments from the government and private funds that allow for R&D failures over the short term.
North Korea's New Diplomacy
Following the recent announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Moscow for the May 9 Victory Day celebrations, Nadège Rolland (NBR) reflects on North Korea's growing relationship with Russia even as the country's relations with China have deteriorated in the wake of Pyongyang's February 2013 nuclear test.
Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry as a Strategic Focus for South Korea
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has endorsed healthcare as a strategic industry for South Korea. Joo Hun You (South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare) discusses the relationship between the country’s domestic health industry and healthcare system and implications of this endorsement for the U.S.–South Korea strategic relationship.
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The 7th Trilateral Ministers' Meeting
Julia Oh, Atlas Corps Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, analyzes the outcomes and the implications of the 7th Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held on March 21 in Seoul.