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A French Rafale fighter jet prepares to land on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" during a joint Indo-French naval exercise off Goa, India, on May 9, 2019.

The Quad’s Malabar Exercises Point the Way to an Asian NATO

India, Japan, Australia, and the United States have a good model if they want to keep the peace without threatening China.

A screen showing Joe Biden in Tokyo

Some in Japan Are Already Missing Trump

Conservative commentators dislike Biden, but they’re a minority.

Then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (right) presents flowers to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Abenomics Can Flourish Without Abe

Japan’s new prime minister has the skills to take on the country’s bureaucrats.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before their meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 6.

Team Biden Should Start With an Asia Pivot 2.0

U.S. policy to contain China will require a lot more continuity with Trump than Biden’s backers would like to admit.

Indian protesters burn an effigy of Chinese President Xi Jinping and a Chinese flag during an anti-China demonstration in Kolkata on June 18.

India Doesn’t Need the Quad to Counter China—and Neither Do Its Partners

The nascent pact with Australia, Japan, and the United States is pointless. It should be quietly disbanded.

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, reacts after he was elected as the new head of the Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo on Sept. 14.

Suga Promises Continuity. But on Economics, He Can’t Possibly Deliver.

If the yen gets stronger, Japan’s new prime minister will have to come up with something new to protect exports.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (R) leaves the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on April 5, 2017, after his press conference announcing North Korea's ballistic missile launch into the Sea of Japan.

Japan’s Suga Will Struggle to Pull off Abe’s Defense Transformation

The new Japanese prime minister shares many of outgoing Shinzo Abe’s policies—but isn’t as wedded to Abe’s big overhaul.

Incoming Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga poses for a portrait picture in Tokyo on Sept. 14.

Japan’s New Prime Minister Is a Fixer, Not a Leader

Abe’s right-hand man taking power could mean a return to the days of short-lived premierships.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 27, 2019.

What the West Needs From Modi

An alliance of democracies to contain China makes sense. But Modi needs to clean up his act.

President Xi Jinping pictured with Joe Biden on Aug. 18, 2011, when they were each vice president of China and the United States, respectively, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Biden Has a Serious Credibility Problem in Asia

U.S. allies have grown comfortable with Trump and his tough approach to China—and are anxious about a Biden victory.

A road sign is displayed near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on Aug. 31.

Japan After Abe

Why the prime minister’s successors won’t stray too far from his policies.

An anti-Japan rally in Seoul

Abe Ruined the Most Important Democratic Relationship in Asia

The outgoing Japanese prime minister’s ultranationalism destroyed ties with South Korea.

People pass by as Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is displayed on a giant television screen during a press conference in Tokyo on Aug. 28.

The Abe Era Ends, Cheering China, Concerning Washington

The United States hasn’t had to worry about Japan in nearly a decade. Now it might have to start.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Unloved But Successful, Shinzo Abe Takes His Bow

The longest-ever-serving Japanese prime minister steered the country through rocky years.

A scene from Playstation’s Ghost of Tsushima.

The Half-Real World of Ghost of Tsushima

The game is hauntingly beautiful, but it reshapes history and geography.

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