Matthew Pennington

For Matthew Pennington's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Leaked Trump transcripts the latest risk to U.S. diplomacy

/ | Aug 5, 2017

Leaked Trump transcripts the latest risk to U.S. diplomacy

Analysis Leaked transcripts of presidential calls aren't just embarrassing to Donald Trump. They could undermine faith in Washington's ability to protect confidential conversations and intelligence, and have a chilling effect on American diplomacy. In the latest and perhaps most egregious sign of a U.S. administration that ...

Philippine election could cause heartburn in Washington

/ May 8, 2016

Philippine election could cause heartburn in Washington

The upcoming Philippine presidential election could cause some heartburn in Washington. The winner of Monday's vote will be hand-maiden to the most crucial U.S. relationship in Southeast Asia, and the front-runner has not inspired confidence with his casual threats to shoot criminals and by ...

Obama to meet Xi amid rising South China Sea tensions

Mar 29, 2016

Obama to meet Xi amid rising South China Sea tensions

President Barack Obama will be meeting with Asian leaders in Washington this week as fears grow that long-smoldering tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea risk flaring into conflict. World leaders, including those from China, Japan and South Korea, will be ...