Asia/Pacific

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left North Korea after two days of “productive” talks, while Pyongyang decried U.S. “gangster-like” tactics, on July 7, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

Crisis in U.S. Nuclear Talks With Pyongyang Not China’s Doing, Experts Say

Beijing is angry over the U.S. trade war, but Trump’s own mishandling of North Korea talks are the main problem.

The Changbai Shan, a Chinese amphibious warfare ship that’s taken advantage of commercial ports for resupply, Jan. 26, 2015. (Wikimedia Commons)

One Belt, One Road, One Happy Chinese Navy

Beijing is using commercial bridgeheads to give its warships staying power in the Indian Ocean.

A hard hat with the slogan "Make America Great Again" printed on it at the newly opened Acosta Deep Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 2017. (Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Trump Makes American Coal Great Again — Overseas

U.S. coal exports have exploded. Can that continue?

With the U.S. bailing out, the remaining 11 countries forged ahead and signed a revised Pacific trade pact in Santiago, Chile, Mar. 8, 2018. (Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Wants Back in the TPP? Good Luck With That.

Asia is moving on without America when it comes to trade — and could be better off for it.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, shaking hands with South Korean envoy Chung Eui-yong in Pyongyang on March 5. (AFP/KCNA via KNS/Getty Images)

Kim to Trump: Let’s Make a Deal

Washington got just what it wanted from the pressure campaign. Now what?

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin shows satellite photos of illicit North Korean shipping activity, Feb. 23, 2018. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images)

Busting North Korea’s Sanctions-Evading Fleet

Washington aims to chase Pyongyang's illicit traders from the seas. It may be too late to matter.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to a bilateral meeting in Ahmedabad, India, on Sept. 14, 2017. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s Own Belt and Road

Tokyo is ramping up international partnerships and investments to offer an alternative to Beijing’s signature foreign-policy project.

The Greek port of Piraeus on Jan. 31, 2015. (Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Is China Buying Up Europe’s Ports?

State-owned port operators are the aggressive leading edge of Beijing’s massive Belt and Road project.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila on Nov. 13. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

The West needs a strong, committed, engaged White House to hedge against China’s inexorable rise.

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On North Korea, Tillerson Plays Good Cop to Trump’s Bad Cop

Trump's provocative statements could drown out Tillerson's appeal for calm, as thousands of U.S. troops stationed in Guam are in the crosshairs.

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(FILES) This file photo taken on September 8, 1996 shows Norm Legg, a project supervisor with a local security firm, holding up an armalite rifle which is similar to the one used in the Port Arthur massacre and which was handed in for scrap in Melbourne after Australia banned all automatic and semi-automatic rifles in the aftermath of the Port Arthur shooting. When Martin Bryant massacred 35 people with semi-automatic weapons at Port Arthur in 1996, then-Australian prime minister John Howard reacted swiftly by pushing for tough new national gun laws. Within a year gun licences had been tightened, a weapons buy-back was enacted and an amnesty launched for anyone holding illegal arms, moves that took more than 600,000 guns out of action.     AFP PHOTO / FILES /  William WEST        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

To Fight Terror, Will Aussies Give Up Their Guns?

After recent attacks, the first national gun amnesty since 1996 encourages people to turn in unregistered weapons.

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19:  (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump and retired United States Marine Corps general James Mattis  exit the clubhouse after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump’s Asia Policy Is More Confused Than Ever

Differences among top U.S. officials are complicating policy with the Asia Pacific community.

Evacuees from Marawi City camp rest at the Saguiaran Townhall in Lanao del Sur on the southern island of Mindanao on June 5, 2017. 
Efforts to rescue up to 2,000 civilians trapped in fighting between government forces and Islamist militants in a Philippine city failed on June 4 when a proposed truce ended in a hail of gunfire and explosions, authorities and witnesses said. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Duterte’s War on Terror Also Looks Like a War on Civilians

The Philippines’ unbridled war on terror looks uncomfortably like its war on drugs.

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Trump Tasked Tillerson With Fixing U.S.-Russia Relations

Despite the Russia scandals plaguing the White House, Russian ‘Order of Friendship’ winner given a mission.

WEST POINT, NY - MAY 27:  U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to West Point graduates during the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2017 graduation ceremony at Michie Stadium on May 27, 2017 in West Point, New York. Secretary Mattis addressed the 950 graduating cadets during the ceremony. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Mattis Should Explain Trump’s Asia-Pacific Strategy, if One Exists

The secretary of defense's trip to Singapore presents an opportunity to address the region as a whole.

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The U.S.-China 50

Meet the people powering the world's most complex and consequential relationship.

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Australian Politician Apologizes For Comparing Refugees to ‘Fleas’

The flap reflects a fierce debate in Australia over controversial refugee policies.

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Economists to Trump: It’s Not the Trade Deficit, Stupid

The U.S. president’s obsession with trade balances risks seriously skewing trade policy.

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