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Japan’s Role Could Redefine Asia-Pacific Relations Under Biden and Suga

25 November Written by Charles Crabtree, Kiyoteru Tsutsui President-elect Biden’s early conversations with Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga seem to signal a renewed commitment to coordination on issues of security, environmentalism, human rights, and China’s influence. President-elect Joe Biden had a pleasant surprise for Japanese…

China to surpass U.S. as world’s largest oil refiner in 2021

22 November Written by Saket Sundria Earlier this month, Royal Dutch Shell Plc pulled the plug on its Convent refinery in Louisiana. Unlike many oil refineries shut in recent years, Convent was far from obsolete: it’s fairly big by U.S. standards and sophisticated enough to…

The World Is Never Going Back to Normal

18 November Written by Anne Applebaum In the hours and days after American news networks declared him the victor on November 7, President-elect Joe Biden received congratulatory tweets and statements from American allies around the world. Even Fox News sounded excited by the list of…

US to reduce troops in Iraq but not Syria, official says

Written by Claus Walter 17 November US national security officials say Trump’s order to end wars will not halt the Pentagon’s counterterror operations abroad. A White House decision to reduce the US military’s presence in Iraq to some 2,500 troops by mid-January will not affect…

North Korea Slams Global Nuclear Watchdog As “Marionette” Of West

Written by Nuala Carten 11 November Pyongyang has gradually built an atomic stockpile after abandoning the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003, and has tested several nuclear bombs in the years since. United Nations: North Korea has accused the UN agency responsible for regulating atomic energy of…

All Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Say Will Resign “En Masse”

Written by Oliver Bail “We, from the pro-democracy camp, will stand with our colleagues who are disqualified. We will resign en masse,” said Wu Chi-wai, convener of the legislature’s remaining 15 pro-democracy members. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers said Wednesday they would all resign, after China…

In Asia, Pompeo Expected To Bolster Allies Against China

Written by Sanjeev Miglani U.S. Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo is flying to India next week to strengthen strategic ties with a nation that is locked in a military standoff with China, in Washington’s latest effort to bolster allies against Beijing. As part of…