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Gabriel Dominguez
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Aug 4, 2022
How will Yoon’s low approval ratings affect South Korea’s foreign policy?
The poor approval ratings have created concern that Yoon's domestic headwinds could have a knock-on effect on foreign policy, including any bid to repair ties with Japan.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Aug 3, 2022
‘We never give in to autocrats': Why Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan
Given Pelosi's position as U.S. House speaker and second in the presidential line of succession, Beijing has emphasized that it views her visit to Taiwan as a 'major provocation.'
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Aug 2, 2022
Al-Qaida leader's killing highlights Afghanistan’s renewed role as terrorist haven
The death of Ayman al-Zawahri has spotlighted the extent to which the group seems to once again be operating freely in the Taliban-ruled country following the U.S. withdrawal.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Aug 1, 2022
India ups the ante with new aircraft carrier amid growing concerns over China
The carrier, to be named INS Vikrant, could play an important role in helping deter Chinese advances in the Indian Ocean.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 29, 2022
Manila’s helicopter deal cancellation increases pressure on Russian defense industry
The Mi-17 cancellation was unexpected as the Philippines had reiterated as recently as March that it was planning to proceed with the procurement.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Jul 28, 2022
Massive arms deals highlight South Korea’s growing defense industry
Amid heightened concern over the war in neighboring Ukraine, Poland has joined a growing list of countries that have turned to South Korea to meet their critical defense needs.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 28, 2022
'Make in India': New Delhi bolsters defense sector with $3.6 billion procurement package
The procurements are the latest examples of New Delhi's “Make in India” initiative, which is designed to reduce the country's defense imports.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 27, 2022
Inflation, interest rate hikes and China lockdowns hitting Asia’s growth outlook
The Asian Development Bank's Albert Park details the reasons the organization cut its growth forecast for Asia to 4.6% from an earlier forecast of 5.2%.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 26, 2022
U.S. bolstering capabilities of Asia-Pacific allies with latest missile sales
The two missile sales approved for Australia and Japan over the past five days come amid heightened tensions with China.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jul 26, 2022
Japan advances hypersonics research with combustion flight test
The project is aimed at researching and developing scramjet engine technologies that will allow aircraft and weapons to fly at hypersonic speeds.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 21, 2022
U.N. sheds light on human rights abuses in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover
“Our monitoring reveals that u2026 the people of Afghanistan, in particular women and girls, are deprived of the full enjoyment of their human rights,' the report said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Jul 21, 2022
For Sri Lanka's new leader, a daunting challenge awaits
Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has had six stints as prime minister, is taking charge of a nation of 22 million people grappling with myriad issues even aside from the recent political turmoil.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 20, 2022
South Korea’s homegrown KF-21 fighter takes to the skies for first time
First rolled out in April 2021, the twin-engined aircraft bore the flags of both South Korea and Indonesia — the only foreign partner in the program.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 19, 2022
South Korea to boost air power by expanding F-35 fighter fleet
Seoul will deploy an additional 20 F-35A stealth fighters by 2028 to further bolster its aerial strike capabilities amid concerns over Pyongyang's growing military prowess.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 15, 2022
Pacific countries declare ‘climate emergency’ and pledge closer security coordination
Small islands in the region, as well as coastal mega-cities in China and South and Southeast Asia, have a particular vulnerability to the effects of climate change, namely rising sea levels.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Jul 14, 2022
Blunders and miscalculations: How Sri Lanka plunged into crisis
The island nation is in its worst economic crisis in decades — and the fallout is already being felt in the corridors of power.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Jul 13, 2022
New Philippine president faces delicate balancing act between U.S. and China
Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s predecessor gained international attention for seeking to pivot away from the United States toward China.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 13, 2022
U.S. to expand its Pacific footprint amid growing Chinese clout in region
The Biden administration will request $60 million per year from the U.S. Congress over the next 10 years in connection with a new economic assistance agreement.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jul 12, 2022
Sino-Russian activities near Japan hint at more aligned military cooperation
Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its more formal collaboration agreement with China, there appears to be greater coordination between the two countries.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 11, 2022
Kiribati withdraws from Pacific Island Forum in blow to regional unity
The move came as the body began talks on several important issues, including climate change, economic challenges and Beijing's push for closer economic and security ties.

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