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Edward Wong
For Edward Wong's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Yuki Kondo-Shah beside the U.S. Embassy where she works in London on Dec. 22. As U.S.-China tensions rise, national security employees with ties to Asia say U.S. counterintelligence officers wrongly regard them as potential spies and unfairly ban them from jobs.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 2, 2024
Asian American officials cite unfair treatment in China tensions
Federal employees say they are being blocked from jobs for security reasons because of their ties to Asia, even distant ones.
U.S. President Joe Biden is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he arrives in the country amid the Israel-Hamas war, on Oct. 18. No other episode in the past half-century has tested the relationship between the United States and Israel in such an intense and consequential way as the Israel-Hamas war of 2023.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 1, 2024
The U.S. and Israel: An embrace shows signs of strain after Oct. 7
No other episode in the past half-century has tested the relationship in such an intense and consequential way as the Israel-Hamas war of 2023.
U.S. President Joe Biden with IBM’s System One quantum computer during a tour of a facility in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2022. Chinese spies are challenging the C.I.A. by deploying artificial intelligence and other advanced technology as the two nations try to pilfer each other’s trade secrets.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 28, 2023
Chinese spy agency rising to challenge the CIA
In recent years, China's Ministry of State Security has sharpened itself through better training, a bigger budget and the use of advanced technologies.
A screen displays the amount of time Israeli hostages have been held by Hamas militants since they were abducted on Oct. 7, at an event marking the Jewish Sabbath held for families, friends and supporters, in Tel Aviv on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 11, 2023
Israel eyeing deal for Hamas to release all civilian hostages in Gaza
The two sides are negotiating two proposals, one involving a small number of people and one that could involve 100 or more civilians.
A protest for the return of the hostages on a main street in Tel Aviv on Saturday. The Biden administration has advised Israel to delay a ground invasion of Gaza, hoping to buy time for hostage negotiations and to allow more humanitarian aid to reach Palestinians in the sealed-off enclave, according to several U.S. officials.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 23, 2023
U.S. advises Israel to delay Gaza invasion, officials say
The U.S. has suggested that more time is needed for hostage negotiations, the delivery of aid and mapping out ways to avoid more civilian casualties.
Models of military equipment and a giant screen displaying Chinese leader Xi Jinping are seen at an exhibition at the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing last October.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 17, 2023
In risky hunt for secrets, U.S. and China expand global spy operations
The rival nations are taking bold steps in the espionage shadow war to try to collect intelligence on leadership thinking and military capabilities.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 14, 2023
Ukraine’s offensive could set stage for diplomacy with Russia, U.S. officials say
It is unclear how the officials will define success in the counteroffensive, which could last many months, or how its outcome might affect their approach.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 16, 2023
How a fog of questions over a spy balloon and UFOs fed a diplomatic crisis
U.S. officials now suspect that the balloon was sent to spy on bases in Guam and Hawaii, and that other downed objects were not surveillance machines.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 3, 2023
How Russia’s war on Ukraine is worsening global starvation
Moscow blocks most shipments from Ukraine, one of the worldu2019s largest wheat producers, and its attacks on the countryu2019s energy grid also disrupt the flow of food.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Nov 12, 2022
For Biden and Xi, a long relationship with rising mutual suspicion
The men, who first met as vice presidents, plan to hold face-to-face talks for the first time as national leaders, and at a time when animus defines U.S.-China relations.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 4, 2022
U.S. plans new limits on tech sent to Chinese firms
The Biden administration is expected to announce new measures to restrict Chinese companies from getting access to technologies that enable high-performance computing.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 25, 2022
On U.S. foreign policy, the new boss acts a lot like the old one
The Biden administration has charted the same course as the Trump administration on strategic priorities like China, the Middle East and U.S. military deployments.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 3, 2022
U.S. technology, a longtime tool for Russia, becomes a vulnerability
While the technology made by American and European companies has been turned against Ukraine, the situation has also given the U.S. and its allies a source of leverage against Russia.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 23, 2022
Ukraine war and pandemic force nations to retreat from globalization
When the Cold War ended, there was a belief that stronger global economic ties would lead to greater stability. But now the world is moving in the opposite direction.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 14, 2022
Russia asked China for military and economic aid for Ukraine war, U.S. officials say
Moscow was eyeing help from Beijing to help counteract the battering its economy has taken from broad sanctions imposed by the U.S., European and Asian nations.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 14, 2022
Ukraine war ushers in ‘new era’ for U.S. abroad
The Russian invasion has bonded America to Europe more tightly than at any time since the Cold War and deepened U.S. ties with Asian allies.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 3, 2022
China asked Russia to delay war until after Olympics, U.S. officials say
A Western intelligence report indicates that Chinese officials had some level of knowledge about Putinu2019s war plans or intentions.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Feb 26, 2022
U.S. officials repeatedly urged China to help avert war in Ukraine
The Americans presented Chinese officials with intelligence on Russiau2019s troop buildup in hopes that President Xi Jinping would step in, but were repeatedly rebuffed.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Feb 23, 2022
Putin insulated Russia’s economy. Will Biden’s sanctions hold him back in Ukraine?
The Biden administration might find it has to impose the absolute harshest sanctions u2014 ones that would inflict suffering on many ordinary citizens u2014 or look for a noneconomic option.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 21, 2022
Bond between China and Russia alarms U.S. and Europe amid Ukraine crisis
China and Russia declared that they would work with other countries to "promote genuine democracyu201d and counter American-led ideology and institutions.

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