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U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan Regrets Trusting Trump on Trade

Trade negotiations have left Tokyo giving much and getting little.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the NATO summit at the Grove hotel northwest of London on Dec. 4.

What Trump Gets Right About Alliances

The president is correct to call the bluff of rich allies who free-ride on U.S. military might.

Kimberly Reed testifies during her confirmation hearing to become president of the Export-Import Bank on Capitol Hill on July 19, 2018.

Bid to Revive Export-Import Bank Runs Aground

Despite the threat from China and other nations, Republicans still decry what they call “crony capitalism.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

India and Japan Eye the Dragon in the Room

An upcoming 2+2 meeting can help cement the new special relationship.

President Donald Trump visits U.S. troops in Japan.

Trump Asks Tokyo to Quadruple Payments for U.S. Troops in Japan

The move is part of the administration’s campaign to get U.S. allies to pay more for defense. South Korea is also being asked to pony up.

Japanese women dressed in kimonos take a ride on a roller coaster

Japan’s Topsy-Turvy Economy Is the United States’ Economic Future

The Japanese economy has been living in a fantasy world for decades, and the U.S. economy could soon be joining it there.

Indian farmers burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, protesting plans to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade pact, on Sept. 15.

While Trump Builds Tariff Walls, Asia Bets on Free Trade

It’s crunch time for the biggest trade deal you’ve never heard of.

U.S. stock market indices plunged after weak manufacturing numbers and fears of a recession on Oct. 1.

Rumblings of Recession Get Louder

With U.S. manufacturing taking its worst hit since the Great Recession, signs of a global economic downturn are everywhere.

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China.

Asia Has Three Possible Futures

The competition between the United States and China will decide the continent’s fate—and one of them has a head start.

This aerial view shows land reclamation work on the Henoko coastal district of Nago, Okinawa prefecture, on December 14, 2018, to build a new site for relocating a US military airbase.

American Bases in Japan Are Sitting Ducks

If Japan wants to stay under the U.S. umbrella, it needs to open up its military facilities.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25.

Asia’s Coming Era of Unpredictability

Why the crisis in Hong Kong and a deterioration in relations between South Korea and Japan are just the beginning of a broader period of flux in Asia.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Chadian President Idriss Déby during the opening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi on Aug. 27, 2016.

Japan Is Taking on China in Africa

With more strategic investments, Japan may hold a key to sustainable development on the continent.

South Korean protesters participate in a rally to denounce Japan's new trade restrictions on South Korea in front of the Japanese embassy on August 03, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

Japan Started a War It Wasn’t Ready to Fight

Tokyo picked a trade brawl with Seoul—but wasn't prepared for the inevitable blowback.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak during a press conference at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney on Aug. 4.

Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief

Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.

Chinese flags are displayed in Chaoyang Park in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2006.

The Asian Century Is Over

Beset by conflicts, stagnating economies, and political troubles, the region no longer looks set to rule the world.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29.

The World This Weekend

Japan and South Korea continue a historic dispute while Turkey exits the F-35 program amid tensions with the United States.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) walks with France's President Emmanuel Macron during an official ceremony at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on June 26, 2019. (Photo by Blondet Eliot / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BLONDET ELIOT/AFP/Getty Images)

France Is Looking for New Allies in Asia

Eager to project its power in the Indo-Pacific, the country has doubled down on Japan and India.

Protestors sit next to a statue symbolizing former "comfort women," who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War II, during a weekly rally near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Jan. 10, 2018.

Japan’s Trade War Is as Futile as Trump’s

Tokyo’s temper tantrum over history is mostly hurting itself.

South Korean officials enter the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Tokyo to hold talks with their Japanese counterparts on July 12.

Why Are Japan and South Korea at Each Other’s Throats?

A trade dispute has widened into a full-blown relationship crisis—and the shadow of World War II hangs over it all.

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