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U.S. President Joe Biden greets his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Woodside, California, on Nov. 15 during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Dec 19, 2023
Thaw in U.S.-China ties driven by domestic issues
There were no breakthroughs in Biden-Xi summit. But since then, there has been a lowering of tension and a rare sense of stability in the relationship.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to face further headwinds at home, despite efforts to highlight his diplomatic achievements.
Nov 19, 2023
Kishida focuses on diplomacy amid poor public support rates
Showing off his contribution to the discussions at the APEC summit, the prime minister expressed his eagerness to continue with diplomacy. 
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (left) pose for a photo after attending a forum at Stanford University in California on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 19, 2023
Japan faces 'friendshoring' dilemma in Asia amid China risks
This new paradigm is putting Japan's diplomacy — and its ultimate vision for its own engagement in the region — to the test.
U.S. President Joe Biden makes a toast during the leaders and spouses dinner at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco on Thursday.
Nov 18, 2023
APEC leaders divided on Ukraine and Gaza wars, but back WTO reform
Some leaders objected to language on Gaza and Ukraine "on the basis that they do not believe that APEC is a forum to discuss geopolitical issues."
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. arrives for the leaders and spouses dinner during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco on Thursday.
Nov 18, 2023
Philippines' Marcos meets China's Xi amid South China Sea tensions
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, seeking ways to come up with mechanisms to lower tensions.
Morris Chang, the founder of semiconductor giant TSMC and Taiwan's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit envoy, attends a news conference during the summit in San Francisco on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 18, 2023
Kishida seeks closer ties with Taiwan and cross-strait peace
Japanese leader Fumio Kishida met with TSMC founder Morris Chang, the self-ruled island's representative to the APEC multilateral forum, on Friday.
U.S. President Joe Biden greets his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Woodside, California, on Wednesday during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Nov 17, 2023
Biden-Xi meeting long on symbolism, short on substance
The Biden-Xi meeting aimed to set a floor under U.S.-China bilateral relations, but the results provided few grounds for optimism.
Trade Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura has said that trade talks with China could help stabilize relations.
Nov 15, 2023
Japan and China to hold regular talks on trade, media reports say
Trade Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said the talks could help stabilize relations.
Executives were scrambling for seats for dinner with Xi or to be put on a waiting list, according to people familiar with the situation.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 15, 2023
Elon Musk among cadre of CEOs hoping to woo China’s Xi
CEO summit on the sidelines of APEC will coincide with the most challenging trade climate in a generation.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (left) and trade minister Yasutoshi Nishimura attend a ministerial meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in San Francisco on Monday.
Nov 14, 2023
No trade deal struck at U.S.-led Indo-Pacific economic meeting
Japanese trade minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said progress was made on some aspects but "no substantial agreement was reached" for the whole trade area.
A protester looks on during a protest on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting in San Francisco on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 13, 2023
APEC San Francisco protesters span gamut of political issues
Demonstrations could become confrontational on Wednesday, with protesters calling to block attendees from entering the San Francisco conference center.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Nov. 14, 2022.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 10, 2023
Biden, Xi and other things to watch at next week's APEC summit
The event will mark a key moment for Chinese President Xi Jinping who is making his first visit to U.S. soil since 2017.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Bangkok in November 2022.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 9, 2023
Kishida-Xi talks eyed for sidelines of APEC meeting in U.S.
Japan's top national security adviser Takeo Akiba is expected to lay the groundwork for the summit in his talks with senior Chinese officials in Beijing.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attend a news conference after visiting the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on Monday.
Nov 9, 2023
Australia’s Albanese to face anti-nuclear push at Pacific talks
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is beginning 24 hours of intensive meetings between the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum.
A scheduling conflict resolves the diplomatic issue of Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee's participation in the APEC forum being hosted by the United States.
Nov 8, 2023
Resolving Hong Kong conundrum key to U.S.-China APEC summit
Four U.S. lawmakers urged the State Department to bar Hong Kong leader John Lee, calling him a “human rights abuser.”
U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 Summit in 2022 in Bali, Indonesia
WORLD / Politics
Nov 8, 2023
Biden and Xi to hold talks in San Francisco on Nov. 15, report says
Final preparations are under way for the meeting, which is set to be the first face-to-face talks that Biden and Xi will have in about a year.
Japan Times
Feb 3, 2023
BOJ governor contender Hiroshi Nakaso takes up APEC advisory council post
A career central banker who served as deputy governor until 2018, Nakaso has repeatedly warned of the drawbacks of prolonged monetary easing.
Japan Times
Nov 19, 2022
China restates vow for freer regional trade, but path forward unclear
Noting that 'only openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation is the right way forward for humanity,' Xi said that China will continue working toward joining the CPTPP.
Japan Times
Nov 19, 2022
'Most' APEC members condemn war in Ukraine in leaders' statement
Apart from substituting the organizations' names, the statement was word-for-word the same as a G20 declaration issued last week after a summit in Indonesia.
Japan Times
May 22, 2022
Japanese and U.S. officials walk out of APEC meet to protest Russia
Ministers from Japan, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand exited the room when Maksim Reshetnikov, Russia's economic development minister, started delivering his remarks.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on