During the four years of the Trump administration, the U.S. has been left behind in efforts to construct a new regional architecture in the Asia-Pacific.
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The post-pandemic world is no simple seesaw game in which East Asia rises and the West falls.
The U.S. has dealt with the question of decline more than once in the postwar era.
The relationship between the world's three largest economies is a beneficial one, but must be maintained with delicacy and skill to keep conflict at bay.
When it comes to the pandemic, or climate change, we may have to accept a certain amount of coexistence, even as we develop countermeasures.
COVID-19 vaccines are in the final Phase-3 of clinical trials around the world. Russia, however, skipped Phase-3 trials and immediately moved to approve the vaccine.
China’s offensive maneuvering will continue for some time. In response, the U.S. and Japan have no choice but to work on reaffirming and strengthening their alliance.
Japan risks losing its status as an advanced nation unless it survives the pandemic and comes out on top.
The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to stronger authoritarianism, populism and nationalism, threatening to harm rights-based systems.
The age of the two economic superpowers, which have been engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war, could be over.