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A downgrade by Fitch Ratings is being viewed as a condemnation of partisan U.S. politics, including the recent debt ceiling standoff and the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
BUSINESS
Aug 3, 2023
Fitch’s U.S. downgrade stokes the very fight it warned against
Washington’s hostile political factions have quickly taken up the agency's downgrade of U.S. government debt as a new weapon of political combat.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 13, 2023
With an eye on 2024, Biden touts successful NATO summit
The U.S. president on Wednesday lauded fellow NATO members for their support of Ukraine, which include fresh commitments for weapons to aid Kyiv in an ongoing offensive to retake territory.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 29, 2023
G7 tells 'Global South' that a just peace requires Russia leaving Ukraine
The gathering took place against the backdrop of an attempted mutiny in Russia but focused on the war in Ukraine and its future.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 14, 2023
Trump urges prosecutors to drop case and offers preview of defense
The first former president to face federal criminal charges, Trump is trying to turn his second indictment in 10 weeks into a fresh opportunity to garner support for his comeback effort.
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 6, 2023
Biden marks Selma’s 1965 ‘Bloody Sunday’ with eye on 2024 race
The U.S. president sought to restrengthen ties with Black voters 58 years on from incident in which White state troopers attacked voting-rights demonstrators in the Alabama city.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 21, 2023
'As long as it takes': How Biden slipped into a war zone to stand with Ukraine
U.S. President Joe Biden did little to tip his hand about his unannounced visit to Kyiv, heading to church on Saturday afternoon and then taking his wife out to dinner at a cozy Washington restaurant.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 7, 2023
Recovering debris from Chinese balloon, U.S. weighs Beijing's involvement
The latest information has only deepened the administration’s conviction that the balloon wasn’t 'mainly” a weather-monitoring device as Chinese officials have claimed.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 31, 2023
Bolsonaro has no intention of cutting his stay in Florida short
Back home, Bolsonaro is under investigation on multiple fronts, including his involvement in the Jan. 8 riots by supporters who refused to accept he lost the election.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 11, 2023
Biden says he was surprised by classified documents discovery
Biden said he doesn't know what's in the documents, but that he believed they were handled properly by his lawyers.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 22, 2022
U.S. presses China to ease up on Taiwan as defense chiefs meet
The Pentagon chief called for open lines of communication and warned of 'increasingly dangerous behavior” by Chinese aircraft in the region.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 8, 2022
China invading Taiwan is ‘distinct threat,’ U.S. national security adviser says
Jake Sullivan planned to meet congressional leaders later Wednesday to discuss a bill that would alter U.S. policy toward the island.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
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
WORLD
Aug 12, 2022
Russia is scouring the globe for weapons to use against Ukraine
While Ukraine has received billions of dollars of weapons from the U.S. and Europe to help defend itself, Russia must rely on its own resources to support front-line forces.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jun 19, 2022
U.S. rejects China’s claims over Taiwan Strait as concerns grow
Washington fears this may be a deliberate effort to muddy the legal interpretation of the sea in ways that could suggest that Beijing regards it as an internal waterway.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 17, 2022
Biden-Xi call is under consideration amid U.S.-China tensions
Ukraine, Taiwan and human rights are among the many sore points in U.S.-China relations, and the two nations have also been jockeying for greater influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Jun 4, 2022
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine forces Biden to rewrite U.S. security plan
The new draft emphasizes the importance of both Europe and Asia to U.S. national security interests, a shift from an earlier version that focused more squarely on China and Asia.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 23, 2022
U.S. and Japan launch bid to put first Japanese astronaut on moon
The joint lunar exploration development ties into the Artemis project, a U.S.-led effort to return astronauts to the moon and eventually send humans to Mars.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 21, 2022
Biden struggles to woo Asian nations wary of upsetting China
Before Biden touched down in South Korea on Friday, many officials in the region struggled to understand the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
May 4, 2022
Biden pledges to try to enshrine Roe into law if court strikes down landmark ruling
The Court's chief justice, John Roberts, said he had ordered the marshal of the court to investigate the source of the leak.

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