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A Taiwan Air Force Mirage 2000-5 aircraft prepares to land in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on Jan. 2. In the event of a conflict with China, Taiwan would face a military that rivals that of the U.S.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 9, 2024
Xi, Biden and the $10 trillion cost of war over Taiwan
The price tag — equivalent to about 10% of global GDP — dwarfs the blow from the war in Ukraine, COVID-19 pandemic and 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis.
An employee inspects integrated circuit boards at a factory in Suzhou, China.
BUSINESS
Dec 22, 2023
U.S. to scrutinize Chinese chipmakers as Biden mulls tariffs
Over 100 companies in various sectors to be surveyed on their procurement and use of legacy chips
U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Nov. 14, 2022.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 10, 2023
Biden, Xi and other things to watch at next week's APEC summit
The event will mark a key moment for Chinese President Xi Jinping who is making his first visit to U.S. soil since 2017.
Palestinian families fleeing Gaza City and other parts of northern Gaza toward southern areas, walk along a highway on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 10, 2023
Israel commits to more limited pauses in Gaza Strip fighting
Israel will enact "tactical local pauses for humanitarian aid, which are limited in time and area,” an Israeli army spokesperson said.
Washington is taking steps to prevent U.S. chipmakers from circumventing government rules in order to sell to China.
BUSINESS / Tech
Oct 16, 2023
U.S. to tighten rules aimed at keeping advanced chips out of China
The Biden administration is aiming to close loopholes that might help its geopolitical rival gain cutting-edge technologies.
U.S. President Joe Biden (left), Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia (center left), Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan (center right) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India (right) participate in a Quad Leaders' meeting on May 20 in Hiroshima.
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 5, 2023
U.S. deepening intelligence links across Asia to counter China
Washington has developed a set of separate but overlapping partnerships including with the "Quad” grouping of the U.S., India, Japan and Australia.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during an event at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 8, 2023
Biden looks to woo back allies as Putin and Xi skip G20 summit
Biden’s effort also hinges on whether other participating powers see the G20 as a still-relevant gathering to steer the global economy.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 23, 2023
Biden and Modi announce defense and chips deals at White House
The two leaders also announced progress on an order for MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones and an agreement that will allow U.S. Navy ships to undertake major repairs at Indian shipyards.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
May 21, 2023
Biden seeks to call McCarthy after debt-limit talks hit impasse
The president signaled over the weekend that he remains confident the U.S. government can avoid a catastrophic default.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 12, 2023
In bid to ease tensions, top Biden aide and Chinese diplomat meet
The meeting appears to signal that the sides are working to ease strains which led to a breakdown in even the most routine communication.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 29, 2023
Europe takes tougher stance toward China in boost to U.S. policy
Countries such as Germany and Italy are following the Netherlands’ example and studying export and investment controls adopted by the U.S.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Apr 24, 2023
Macron’s push to get China’s help on Ukraine is unraveling fast
The Chinese Ambassador to France, Lu Shaye, said ex-Soviet states don’t have sovereign status, a statement that ignores internationally recognized borders in Eastern and Central Europe.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 21, 2023
Taiwan quietly urges U.S. to calm rhetoric on China chip dangers
In quiet conversations and back-channel warnings, Taiwanese officials have urged their American counterparts to tone down their rhetoric about the dangers of relying on chips made by TSMC.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 18, 2023
Pentagon culls distribution list for sensitive documents after intel leak
A 21-year-old member of the United States Air National Guard with a junior job has been charged in the leak, the biggest in a decade.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 14, 2023
Risk of Chinese economic blockade has Taiwan preparing response
Chinese military exercises are increasingly aimed at 'winning the war without an actual fight,” Roy Chun Lee, Taiwan’s deputy foreign minister, said in an interview.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Apr 4, 2023
Taiwan defends plans to meet U.S. lawmakers as China threatens response
U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy confirmed that the expected meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will take place at the Reagan Presidential Library in Southern California.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Apr 1, 2023
How the White House tried to keep China calm during Taiwan leader's U.S. visit
Although China already has protested the visit, several people familiar with the matter say they believe China’s response may be more muted than earlier feared.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 30, 2023
Taiwan is pushing Biden for a tax deal that could infuriate China
Taiwanese officials are pushing hard for an agreement to eliminate the burden of double taxation, but the U.S. can't sign a treaty to do so amid concerns of angering Beijing.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 29, 2023
Biden aide speaks with China counterpart as tension spikes
The previously unreported call took place before a stop in the U.S. by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen en route to Central America, a trip that’s likely to further inflame Beijing’s ire.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 14, 2023
Biden expected to have call with China’s Xi Jinping but no date set
Biden and Xi last spoke in November at the G20 summit in Indonesia, with both men signaling a thaw in icy U.S.-China relations following that meeting.

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