Tokyo's insistence on the value of a rules-based order, the heart of its Free and Open Indo-Pacific vision, has sunk in.
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Over the longer term, the alliance must cope with a growing sense of fatigue among the U.S. public about overseas engagements.
The DPP victory in Taiwan's presidential election was just just a defeat for the opposition Kuomintang, but also for Beijing.
In his two decades of rule, Russia President Vladimir Putin has succeeded in making his nation a global player that punches far above its economic weight.
Trump is acting tough in hope that a show of determination will deter Iran, but hope is not a strategy.
Japan has long struggled to find balance in its relations with Beijing; that effort continues.
Tokyo will be increasingly squeezed between demands from its ally and those from its top export market and driver of its economy.
Skillfully handling the wartime labor ruling could help put bilateral ties back on track.
Economic statecraft for political purposes is the new coin of the realm, and Japan needs to adapt.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to attend the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony will help Tokyo and Seoul move the cycle of action and reaction that has impeded Japan-South Korea relations for far too long.