Trump Meets Japan’s Emperor Naruhito at Imperial Palace

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Left to right, first lady Melania Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are seen at the the welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace, in Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2019. TOKYO —  U.S. President Donald Trump … Read More

Pence takes the new U.S. Asia strategy on the road

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Vice President Pence in Kalispell, Mont., on Nov. 5. (Justin Franz/Flathead Beacon/AP) More than a dozen Pacific nations will convene in the capital of Papua New Guinea next week, where Vice President Pence will lay out the next phase of … Read More

Putin ready to meet North Korea’s Kim at ‘early date’

Russian president eager to ‘establish a dialogue’ with Pyongyang. Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the plenary session at the 5th Caspian Summit in Aktau on August 12, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / Sputnik / Alexey NIKOLSKY) SEOUL, South Korea — Russian … Read More

How South Koreans Are Reckoning With a Changing American Military Presence

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Media coverage in Seoul of President Donald Trump meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea in June.CreditAhn Young-Joon/Associated Press In late June, Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of United States Forces Korea, addressed a large uniformed crowd at an outdoor ceremony … Read More

How sustainable is the China-South Korean thaw?

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 14, 2017. Photo: AFP/Nicolas Asfouri With North Korea apparently coming in from the cold, … Read More

North Korea believed to be ‘deceiving’ US, increasing nuclear production: report

U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea has been “deceiving” the U.S., saying the Hermit Kingdom was bolstering production for nuclear weapons at “multiple secret sites” in the past few months, a report stated. Officials from the CIA and other intelligence … Read More

‘India is the biggest, most influential, growing democracy… China can never disregard you’

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South Korea Ambassador to India Shin Bongkil says he is “cautiously optimistic” about North Korea’s denuclearisation promise, hopes for gradual integration of the two Korean nations, believes PM Modi’s pledge to make India a $5 trillion economy is not just … Read More

If the US military withdraws from Korea, China will be a big loser

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Michael Heng says while Beijing has good reason to be wary of American hegemony in the region, it must realise that a US military withdrawal would encourage unwanted developments – nuclear-armed neighbours in a unified Korea and Japan. The Kim-Trump summit in Singapore has … Read More

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