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US, India, Japan Stage Largest Joint Drills to Address ‘Maritime Security Threats’

The US has begun naval exercises with Japan and India, with the US Navy saying the drills will help the countries tackle maritime threats in the Asia-Pacific region. China says it hopes the cooperation isn’t aimed against a “third country.” The US Navy, the Indian Navy, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) began the …

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Goodbye Pacific Pivot, Hello Pacific Retreat: Who Will Take America’s Place in Asia?

Asia has been the future for more than a generation. When Americans try to glimpse what’s to come, images of the Pacific Rim flood the imagination. For movie audiences in 1982, the rain-soaked Los Angeles of Blade Runner looked like downtown Tokyo. By 2014, the City of Angels in the Spike Jonze film Her had …

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Competitive Connectivity is at the Core of the New Cold War

The struggle between the unipolar and multipolar camps to determine the future of the 21st century is rapidly turning into a contest between two competing hemispheric-wide connectivity projects. By now, everyone in the world is familiar with China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) global vision of New Silk Road connectivity, though not many people are aware of the …

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The Remilitarization of Japan, Explained

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is setting the country on course for remilitarization, much to the exasperation of Japan's wartime enemies, China and South Korea. On Wednesday, May 3, the outgoing nationalist Abe declared that he hopes to see a revised constitution implemented by 2020, when Tokyo is set to host the Olympics. The proclamation underscored what many have …

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Izumo Joins US Fleet

A month and a half ago, we briefly mentioned the Japanese light aircraft carrier Izumo in connection with the acceleration of political processes on the Asia-Pacific region. Then, the reason for reiterating this platitudinous epigram was the information (circulated by Reuters, which cited certain sources at the headquarters of the Japanese Navy) concerning the forthcoming three-month …

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Russia Raises Defense Alert after North Korea Launches Missile

Russia raised the level of alert for its air defense system just a few hours after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday and after Washington and Moscow clashed at the UN over a possible military conflict on the Korean Peninsular." The North Korean missile exploded shortly after launch, US and South Korean officials …

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New Snowden Leaks Reveal Secret Deals between Japan and NSA

New papers released by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and published by The Intercept, reveal that Japan made secret deals with the NSA – with one document noting that the agency's relationship with Tokyo goes back to the 1950s. The information, published in collaboration with Japanese news outlet NHK on Monday, states that Japan has allowed the …

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