Japan boosts defense spending and emphasizes defense cooperation with the U.S. and Australia as the possibility of a Taiwan emergency grows, while the U.S. makes an economic push in Southeast Asia, and countries in the region continue their maritime defense buildups.
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Abe Shinzo is second only to Xi as the most consequential East Asian politician of the 21st century. Tobias Harris of the Center for American Progress joins to discuss his new biography of Abe, The Iconoclast.
Tobias and I discuss his dramatic rise, fall and return to power; how he reshaped governance in Japan through bureaucratic reform; how he managed relations with the US and China; and how tasty his wife's izakaya is.
ASEAN member states met in June as tensions in the South China Sea continue to rise.
China's new Coast Guard Law has several inconsistencies with UNCLOS.
The U.S. reaffirms its position on Taiwan and the Senkakus; and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing increases the risk of conflict in the South China Sea.
Japan has adopted a cross-vendor approach to its 4G and 5G infrastructure, allowing a more flexible combination of suppliers and alleviating supply-chain risks.
How has the debate over pre-emptive strike capabilities been legally framed in Japan? What are its implications for U.S. national security policy?
The discussion around cybersecurity risk tends to overlook the automobile sector. Japan’s auto companies have taken important steps to improve cybersecurity in the industry.
Malaysia and Indonesia lawfare salvos against China, the first made-in-China aircraft carrier and a Japanese military strategy for the South China Sea.
South Korea and Japan, two of America’s closest allies, are tumbling into a dangerous economic-diplomatic war over a South Korean Supreme Court decision that ordered Japanese corporations to compensate Korean forced-labor victims from World War II. At the heart of the dispute is a legal disagreement over a 1965 treaty that triggers centuries of bad blood and spiritual animosity between the two countries.