Matthew Pennington

For Matthew Pennington's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Philippine election could cause heartburn in Washington

May 8, 2016

Philippine election could cause heartburn in Washington

The upcoming Philippine presidential election could cause some heartburn in Washington. The winner of Monday’s vote will be hand-maiden to the most crucial U.S. relationship in Southeast Asia, and the front-runner has not inspired confidence with his casual threats to shoot criminals and by ...

Obama to meet Xi amid rising South China Sea tensions

Mar 29, 2016

Obama to meet Xi amid rising South China Sea tensions

President Barack Obama will be meeting with Asian leaders in Washington this week as fears grow that long-smoldering tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea risk flaring into conflict. World leaders, including those from China, Japan and South Korea, will ...