A recent essay in a U.S. Army journal contends that a military presence is necessary to deter an increasingly capable Chinese military from an attack on the island.
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Observers say that as Pyongyang's capabilities grow, U.S. military planners could become more reluctant to stand up to North Korean coercion in the Indo-Pacific.
Ultimately, the message the North could be trying to convey is that its nuclear weapons are here to stay, said a North Korea expert from MIT.
Pyongyang may use its 75th anniversary event Saturday to show off larger, heavier missile systems and launchers — and put the U.S. and Japan on notice.
With China the elephant in the room, just showing up may have been part, if not the main point, of the dialogue for the U.S., Japan, India and Australia.
The jump in negative views of China comes amid widespread criticism over Beijing’s global response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The meeting with the top U.S. diplomat at the Prime Minister’s Office took place ahead of a dialogue among foreign ministers from the so-called Quad countries.
Trump's hospitalization and worsening presidential fortunes are likely to preclude any bold statement from the top Japanese, Australian, Indian and U.S. diplomats.
Chinese media reacts furiously after U.S. airmen show off patch of an MQ-9 Reaper drone superimposed over a red silhouette of China during an island assault exercise.
The report comes as talks over extending the last remaining strategic arms control agreement between the U.S. and Russia remain deadlocked.