Daniel Flatley
The possibility of a potential invasion of Taiwan by China and Russia is prompting new planning across the U.S. government to counter such a scenario.
May 3, 2024
U.S. spies see China and Russia working closely on military issues
The possibility of a potential invasion of Taiwan by China and Russia is prompting new planning across the U.S. government to counter such a scenario.
A TikTok advertisement at a Metro station in Arlington, Virginia
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 12, 2024
TikTok divestment bill moves ahead in U.S. as key Republican wavers
The legislation would block app stores and service providers from offering TikTok unless its Chinese parent ByteDance sells it within six months.
For all of U.S. President Joe Biden’s talk about the sanctions, his team is still unwilling to go after revenue streams that experts argue would really cripple Russia’s economy, for fear of setting off broad shocks that could rebound on the U.S. economy.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 24, 2024
U.S. sidesteps riskiest sanctions in latest move against Russia
The U.S. is concerned that the toughest measures left in Washington's arsenal risk roiling the global economy.
Palestinians walk past a destroyed building in the Al-Maghazi refugee camp in Gaza on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 17, 2024
Deal struck for aid to Gaza and hostages: Qatar mediator
The supplies are to be flown into Egypt on Wednesday by the Qatari air force before entering the Gaza Strip.
Snow covers an exhibit of destroyed Russian military equipment and vehicles in Kyiv on Nov. 22. February will mark the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 11, 2024
White House throws support behind bill to seize frozen Russian assets
Legislation would allow the confiscation of funds frozen as a result of the Russo-Ukrainian war for use to pay for the reconstruction of Ukraine.
A sculpture of Confucius at the Temple of Confucius in Beijing. A new report has found that almost all of the China-funded Confucius Institutes in the U.S. have closed, showing how far ties between Beijing and Washington have soured.
Nov 3, 2023
China’s Confucius Institutes are disappearing from U.S. campuses
All but five of the institutes, which were created in 2004 to promote Chinese language, are now closed,
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 30, 2023
Putin’s China visit marks renewed assurance, expert says
The Russian president's plan to travel to China demonstrates a confidence that his authority is stronger than ever after the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at an event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 11, 2023
New U.S. rules on China investments fail to offer clear guidance
The Treasury Department’s 46-page notice released alongside the order includes at least 80 separate questions about how it should structure the program.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 8, 2023
Sequoia’s split sends warning to every company doing U.S.-China business
While the dramatic separation may insulate Sequoia from pending regulation, it’s a signal that ties to China are a growing liability in Silicon Valley.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2023
Biden administration backs new TikTok bill, aiming for swift passage
The bill would give the president the ability to force the sale of foreign-owned technologies, apps, software or e-commerce platforms deemed a national security threat to U.S. users.
Japan Times
Feb 24, 2023
How Biden’s shock-and-awe tactic is failing to stop Russia
Sanctions have inflicted damage, but they haven’t induced Putin to stop the war — raising wider questions about a tool that’s become increasingly central to U.S. foreign policy.
Japan Times
Feb 6, 2023
U.S. moves to recover Chinese balloon while weighing retaliation
Pressure is mounting on U.S. President Joe Biden to hit back at Beijing over the incident with new export controls on sensitive technology.
Japan Times
Jan 26, 2023
TikTok ban gains steam in Congress, dialing up pressure on Biden
The attention on TikTok underscores concerns in Congress that TikTok and its parent comapny, ByteDance, could share information on U.S. users with Chinese authorities.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 17, 2023
U.S.-China trade is close to a record, defying talk of decoupling
Even as the U.S. aims to hold back China's advance and Beijing seeks to counter Washington's global influence, the two economies remain deeply entwined.
Japan Times
Dec 14, 2022
TikTok U.S. security deal’s prospects clouded by FBI doubts and state bans
A congressional panel is seeking a way to let TikTok keep operating in the U.S. while also preventing the possibility that the Chinese government could access user data.
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2022
Putin’s war machine funding is unscathed by latest sanctions
A raft of sanctions so far haven't materially affected the war on the ground in Ukraine or dented the Russian leader's determination to pursue it despite repeated setbacks.
Japan Times
Sep 3, 2022
Biden weighing actions to curb U.S. investment in China tech
A separate action against the TikTok video-sharing app is a possibility but no action is imminent, while the U.S. may place further restrictions on chips used for AI computing.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 15, 2022
Corporate ‘self-sanctioning’ of Russia has U.S. fearing economic blowback
Some officials from U.S. President Joe Biden's administration are expressing concern that penalties are exacerbating inflation, worsening food insecurity and punishing ordinary Russians.
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2022
Russia’s war forcing U.S. to reevaluate revival of Iran nuclear deal
Two weeks after talks to revive the agreement were suspended, diplomats say it's not clear when negotiators might return to Vienna.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2021
Biden signs bipartisan law punishing China for Uyghur moves
The measure is motivated by concern about the oppression of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region, which holds a major place in global supply chains.


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