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Japanese Rear Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura (L), US Rear Admiral William Byrne (R) and HCS Bisht, vice admiral of the Indian Navy, pose for photographers during the inauguration of joint naval exercises with the United States and India in Chennai on July 10, 2017.
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India Is the Weakest Link in the Quad

The four-nation mechanism was set up to contain Chinese maritime expansionism, but New Delhi is having second thoughts.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (R) before the G20 leaders' family photo in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016.
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Japan’s China Deals Are Pure Pragmatism

Even Donald Trump can't push Tokyo into Beijing's arms.

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Experts Question Wisdom of Canceling U.S. Exercises with South Korea, As Mattis Makes It Official

But some analysts say it’s a small price to pay for the possibility of peace with North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump (C), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R), and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) pose for photos before attending the Northeast Asia Security Dinner at the U.S. Consulate General   in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017.

With North Korea, Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

Trump's unilateral negotiating strategy will fail unless the United States collaborates with its regional allies — and adversaries — to forge a lasting peace.

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State of the Trade Wars

Tracking U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs — and the retaliatory measures other countries are taking.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie wave as they prepare to depart from Tokyo's Haneda airport on April 17, 2018.        (Photo credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Abe Just Won’t Quit

Japanese prime ministers usually resign at the first whiff of scandal — but this one is breaking the mold.

A Ford factory in Kentucky on Oct. 27, 2017. Ford invested in factory upgrades to make all-new, heavier vehicles for a booming U.S. market. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Trump Dials Up the Trade War to 11

Citing national security concerns, the Trump administration could slap tariffs on autos from friends and allies. They’re not thrilled.

David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Program, briefs reporters in Seoul, South Korea, on May 15 on his visit to North Korea. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Rebuffs U.N. Appeal to Expand North Korea Food Aid

The United States sees private investment in Pyongyang, not aid, as the nuclear deal’s prize.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In and U.S. President Donald Trump    at the presidential Blue House on November 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

Trump Is Following, Not Leading

The United States has outsourced its foreign policy to regional allies. In South Korea, it might lead to peace — in Israel, it’s more likely leading to war.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani oversees an April 18 ceremony marking National Army Day in Tehran.

The North Korean Playbook Won’t Work With Iran

Hard-liners in Tehran and Washington are both drawing the wrong lessons from diplomacy with Pyongyang — and that could lead to war.

President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he arrives at the White House on February 10, 2017. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Japan Tunes Out Trump to Save Trade Deal

Abe badly wants the US back in the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership - whatever Trump thinks.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a news conference at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 6, 2017. (Kiyoshi Ota/AFP/Getty Images)

Can a Weekend at Mar-a-Lago Rescue the Trump-Abe Relationship?

The Japanese prime minister’s courtship of the U.S. president worked. For a while.

Employees build a Boeing 777 airplane cockpit at a plant in Wichita, Kansas, on Aug. 18, 2004. (Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

Why China Will Win the Trade War

Trump thinks he has a strong hand. In fact, Washington is far more vulnerable than Beijing.

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.

President Donald Trump, surrounded by steel and aluminum workers, proclaims new tariffs that many fear will spark a trade war, Mar. 8, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Knows the Best Trade Wars. The Very Best.

What better way to boost national security than to tick off all your allies?

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.

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.

President Donald Trump talks during a joint press conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi on Nov. 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The New TPP May Sink Trump’s Other Trade Dreams

Mexico and Canada now have an alternative to trade with the United States, giving them more leverage in contentious NAFTA talks.

How much will Trump accomplish?

Trump’s Big Asian Adventure

President Trump is making his way through Asia on the longest trip to the region since the age of ping-pong diplomacy. But how much will he actually accomplish?

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