David Lawder
For David Lawder's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Vietnam President Vo Van Thuong in Hanoi on Sept. 11, 2023. During Biden's visit to Hanoi last year, the U.S. and Vietnam elevated ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
BUSINESS / Economy
May 9, 2024
Vietnam's China ties loom large in U.S. hearing on market economy upgrade
Opponents cite Beijing's outsized influence on Hanoi while proponents argue that denial of market economy status would push Vietnam closer to its neighbor.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen meets China's Vice Premier He Lifeng at the Guangdong Zhudao Guest House, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 6, 2024
U.S. and China to start new talks on balanced growth, Yellen says
The top priority of her four day visit to China was to persuade Beijing to rein in excess production capacity for clean energy technology.
Changes from the World Bank are part of broader reform efforts to expand the development lender's mission to tackle climate change and other global crises, and vastly enlarging its lending capacity.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 2, 2024
World Bank to offer access to emergency funds from existing loans
The move will offer nations hit by a hurricane, earthquake or pandemic a liquidity burst that could reduce hardship.
Indo-Pacific Economic Framework leaders pose for a family photo at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco on Thursday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 18, 2023
Indo-Pacific trade deal prospects dim as U.S. election year looms
Election-year pressures and resistance to tough commitments from some countries make a deal unlikely anytime soon, observers say.
U.S. Treasury secretary Janet Yellen (right) and He Lifeng, China's vice premier, shake hands during a meeting in San Francisco, California, on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 10, 2023
Yellen seeks 'substantive' talks with Chinese vice premier ahead of APEC summit
U.S. Treasury officials have sought to downplay expectations for any breakthroughs from the meetings in San Francisco.
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva walks after attending an interview at the International Media Center at the Group of 20 summit in New Delhi on Sept. 10.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 16, 2023
IMF to urge China to shift growth model toward consumption
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva plans to ask China to address a number of issues that are dragging down both Chinese and global growth.
A villager amongst the rubble of destroyed buildings following an earthquake near the town of Amizmiz, in the Al Haouz region of Morocco, on Sunday.
WORLD / Society
Sep 12, 2023
Morocco planning to hold IMF-World Bank meetings despite quake
The meetings in Marrakech were originally scheduled for 2021, but were postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
May 16, 2023
U.S. on track for June 1 default without debt ceiling hike, Treasury says
In her second letter to Congress in two weeks, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen confirmed that the agency will be unlikely to meet all U.S. government payment obligations by early June.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 13, 2023
New BOJ chief vows to keep stimulus and shuns premature tightening
While other countries are experiencing elevated inflation, the situation is 'quite different' in Japan, Kazuo Ueda said.
Japan Times
Feb 24, 2023
India urges focus on 'most vulnerable' at G20 meeting but avoids mention of war
The Indian leader made no direct mention of the Ukraine war in his address to G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Bengaluru.
Japan Times
Feb 16, 2023
U.S. could face debt-ceiling crisis this summer without deal
If the debt limit is not raised or suspended before extraordinary measures are exhausted, the government will be unable to pay its obligations fully.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2022
G7's Russian oil price cap evolves from revenue squeeze to market anchor
Analysts said the cap will have little immediate impact on the oil revenues that Moscow is currently earning to fund its war machine.
Japan Times
Sep 30, 2022
U.S. has no appetite to intervene on behalf of falling pound or yen
The drop in the pound has largely been attributed to British spending plans that stretch the government's finances.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2022
U.S. rethinks approach to China tariffs in wake of Taiwan response
The president's team has been wrestling for months with various ways to ease the costs of duties imposed on Chinese imports during predecessor Donald Trump's tenure.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2022
G20 finance chiefs condemn Russia, with some members staging walkout
Indonesia's finance chief, who chaired a meeting of G20 finance officials in Washington, acknowledged the body faced unprecedented challenges but called for cooperation.
Japan Times
Apr 7, 2022
With easy Russia sanctions used up, West faces tough economic choices
As the world's wealthy democratic powers roll out new sanctions against Russia, it has become clear that the easiest options are now exhausted.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2022
World Bank preparing ways to support Ukraine as fallout assessed
It was unclear, however, what resources may be available to aid Ukraine's people if Zelenskyy's democratically elected government is deposed by Russian forces.
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2022
U.S. calls for 'concrete action' from China to meet Phase 1 purchase commitments
The officials said Washington was losing patience with Beijing, which had 'not shown real signs' that it would close the gap in the two-year purchase commitments.
Japan Times
Oct 13, 2021
Asian Development Bank boosts 2019-2030 climate financing goal to $100 billion
The additional $20 billion in financing support will provide support for climate mitigation efforts including low-carbon energy sources.
Japan Times
Aug 18, 2021
Afghan central bank's $10 billion stash not all within reach of Taliban
The country's central bank is thought to hold foreign currency, gold and other treasures in its vaults, but the vast majority of the assets are held outside Afghanistan.


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