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U.S. President Donald Trump, right and South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Trump’s Penny-Pinching Dooms His Korean Diplomacy

The U.S. president stumbled into rare success with Pyongyang. Now he’s screwing it up.

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.

South Korean soldiers participate in the 71st annual Armed Forces Day at an air base in Daegu on Oct. 1.

Tired of U.S. Dependence, South Korea Seeks to Build—and Sell—Its Own Weapons

The military is turning its focus to domestic research and development and seeking to become a major arms supplier, and that is scaring North Korea.

A candlelight protest in Seoul

How to Impeach a President (in Korea)

Democrats brought down a wannabe dictator in Seoul. The same tactics can work in Washington.

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.

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.

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.

The Chinese-Canadian singer and former K-pop star Kris Wu performs in New York City on Nov. 6, 2018.

K-Pop’s Big China Problem

Chinese stars are spinning off in their own orbit as politics gets in the way of profit.

A music classroom stands empty in a middle school in Seifhennersdorf, Germany, on May 14, 2014. The state of Saxony officially closed the school after only 38 students registered.

How to Fix the Baby Bust

The relationship among birthrates, gender norms, and work culture is more complicated than you think.

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.

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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Why Young Koreans Love to Splurge

Sometimes blowing your paycheck can be a rational choice.

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