Michael Martina
A ship, identified by the Royal United Services Institute as the North Korean registered cargo ship Angara, is seen docked alongside a larger vessel at the Zhoushan Xinya Shipbuilding Co. wharf in Zhoushan, China, in February.
Apr 25, 2024
Images show China harboring ship tied to Russian arms transfers
Satellite images show China is docking a ship that has moved containers believed to be full of North Korean munitions around Russia.
Mike Gallagher, the Republican chair of the bipartisan select committee, said that China's incentives suggest Beijing wants more fentanyl entering the U.S.
Apr 17, 2024
U.S. committee finds China is subsidizing American fentanyl crisis
China denies the allegation, and says the U.S. government must do more to reduce domestic demand.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell
WORLD / Politics
Apr 4, 2024
Senior U.S. diplomat links AUKUS submarine pact to Taiwan
The project involves Australia acquiring nuclear-powered attack submarines as part of the allies' efforts to push back against China's growing power.
The assembly line at a production facility for Nio, a maker of electric cars, in Hefei, China, on Dec. 4. U.S. President Joe Biden has ordered an investigation into auto software that could track U.S. drivers, part of a broader effort to stop electric vehicle imports from China.
Mar 2, 2024
The politics and economics behind Biden's China car espionage probe
The U.S. leader's saber-rattling as another opportunity to demonstrate he is tough on China, experts say.
A Chinese warship takes part in a military drill across from the Taiwan-controlled Matsu Islands in April 2023.  The Taiwanese defense ministry reported the presence of 24 Chinese air force planes carrying out "joint combat readiness patrols" with Chinese warships near the island  on Wednesday
Jan 18, 2024
Taiwan reports first major Chinese military activity after polls
Warplanes and warships carried out "joint combat readiness patrols" near the island on Wednesday, the Taiwanese defense ministry said.
Marshall Islands President David Kabua addresses the 78th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20.
Oct 17, 2023
U.S. finalizes 20-year extension of Marshall Islands ties
Washington is set to provide the Marshall Islands with $2.3 billion over the next 20 years.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2023
Amid U.S.-China rivalry, a landmark science deal faces new scrutiny
A debate is underway within the U.S. government about whether to let the U.S.-China Science and Technology Agreement expire later this year or to renegotiate the deal.
Japan Times
Apr 6, 2023
Taiwan resigned to diplomatic losses in Latin America, observers say
U.S. officials and other sources see limited options available to the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden for halting the gradual drift toward China in Washington’s neighborhood.
Japan Times
Mar 30, 2023
Taiwan president starts sensitive U.S. stopover as China warns against meetings
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in New York vowing en route not to let external pressure prevent the island from engaging with the world.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Mar 7, 2023
U.S. House Speaker McCarthy plans to meet Taiwan president in the U.S. in April
The meeting in California with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen could replace the Republican Speaker's anticipated but sensitive trip to the democratically governed island.
Japan Times
Mar 2, 2023
U.S. seeks allies' backing for possible China sanctions over Ukraine war
The consultations are intended to drum up support from a range of countries, especially those in the wealthy Group of Seven, to coordinate support for any possible restrictions.
Japan Times
Feb 28, 2023
China must be 'more honest' on COVID origins, U.S. ambassador says
Nicholas Burns' comments came after reports emerged that the U.S. Energy Department concluded the pandemic likely arose from a Chinese laboratory leak.
Japan Times
Jan 18, 2023
Biden and Kishida held 'very productive' talks on China export controls
The Biden administration in October published a sweeping set of export controls, including measures tightly restricting Chinese access to U.S. chipmaking technology.
Japan Times
Jan 12, 2023
Activists urge U.S. apology and compensation for nuclear testing in the Pacific
Marshall Islanders are still plagued by health and environmental effects of the 67 U.S. nuclear bomb tests there from 1946 to 1958.
Japan Times
Dec 15, 2022
Eyeing China, Biden says U.S. is 'all in' on Africa
Biden's remarks aim to show that the United States is a better partner for Africa than China.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2022
U.S. Republicans slam Biden's cautious response to China COVID protests
The White House has said it backs the right of people to peacefully protest in China but has stopped short of criticizing Beijing.
Japan Times
Nov 11, 2022
Biden to seek firmer footing for China relations in first Xi meeting of presidency
The White House said the U.S. leader will hold talks Monday with China's president on the sidelines of a Group of 20 nations summit in Indonesia
Japan Times
Sep 14, 2022
Taiwan hosts foreign lawmakers in Washington to push China sanctions
The unannounced gathering of about 60 parliamentarians from Europe, Asia and Africa is the latest move in Taipei's efforts to persuade fellow democracies to stand against China.
Japan Times
Aug 26, 2022
Spike in China tensions won't change Washington's Taiwan weapons policy — for now
China's aggressive military drills around Taiwan have put Washington on edge, but not enough to spur an immediate sharp increase in weapons sales to the island.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 19, 2022
U.S. and Marshall Islands seek economic assistance deal this year
The announcement came in the wake of China's recent overtures to Pacific Island nations and the launch of its third aircraft carrier.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan