As the world's economic center of gravity shifts to Asia, it increasingly falls to these two countries to take up the baton to champion freedom, inclusivity, trade and other liberal values.
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As the world's attention turns to climate change, Japan is in prime position to lead.
The U.S. president's actions raise questions about his commitment to the region.
Quelling tensions between Japan and South Korea is critical for the U.S.' broader strategic objectives in the Indo-Pacific.
One of the biggest disappointments of the Trump administration has been its inability to facilitate stronger relations between Japan and South Korea