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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jae Ku
South Koreans on Wednesday elected their first female president — Park Geun-hye, leader of the conservative New Frontier Party — in a close election with results that are likely to please U.S. officials, analysts said.
There is no sure path for the transition of power in nuclear-armed North Korea, even as its citizens mourn the death of longtime dictator Kim Jong-il and praise the rise of his hand-picked successor, Kim Jong-un, regional analysts say.
Obama administration officials have made it clear that the ball is now in Pyongyang's court, said Jae Ku, director of the U.S.-Korea Institute.
"But the message to our officials at State and elsewhere is that we need to begin some kind of dialogue and that strategic patience is not a substitute for a policy," Mr. Ku said.