As tensions in the Asia-Pacific region increase, the ties between Tokyo, Washington and Beijing continue to change.
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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 ...
It seems likely that the Japan-Australia relationship will develop into an alliance in substance if not in name.
The two nations face significant common challenges, from China's regional aggression to growing nationalism in the United States.
The 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident was Japan's greatest national crisis in the postwar era. In the midst of the crisis, the then Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) government secretly commissioned experts to create a worst-case scenario in which the fuel ...
Considering the weak domestic position of the United States, its demands for human rights could be perceived as self-righteous and end up alienating other countries.
Even if allies strike a deal with the current U.S. administration, there is always the fear that it may be overturned in four years.
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.
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.