Japan must devise strategies for competitiveness globally and against China at three levels: intelligence, security and innovation.
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Tokyo must exert its influence over Beijing’s involvement in building regional rules and order and convince Washington to return to a multilateral trade framework in Asia.
A dangerous possibility is that the fall of Kabul will make China even more confident of the U.S.’ accelerating decline, and will thus step up its efforts to forcefully reunite with Taiwan.
Last year, the countries of East Asia were hailed for their success stories in the effort to stop the coronavirus pandemic. Today, these same countries are battling a resurgence in infections. One unintended consequence of their early success in suppressing the virus has been ...
In China, a boycott of leading global brands that have announced they will not use cotton produced using the forced labor of Muslims in Xinjiang province continues. Among the targets of this boycott are Swedish apparel manufacturer H&M and American and German sportswear manufacturers ...
Tokyo must learn from its history of making bad decisions and being slow to deal with postwar crises.
Experts are divided on the question of China’s ability to launch an invasion of Taiwan and the merits of its strategy.
Tokyo must be wary of Beijing's attempts to split the Japan-U.S. alliance, and must work to persuade Washington of the best approach to conflict.
As tensions in the Asia-Pacific region increase, the ties between Tokyo, Washington and Beijing continue to change.
Last month, U.S. President Joe Biden invited the leaders of Japan, Australia and India to join him online for a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (“Quad”). Under the Trump administration, the foreign ministers of the Quad countries had convened twice since 2018, but the March 2021 ...