Some may say it’s unthinkable that the United States would not fight to defend the Senkakus. Perhaps it would have been impossible until now.
Now a major power in Asia, India has the potential to join with Japan in defense of basic shared values, including democracy and freedom.
The Indian economy is rebounding, with prediction of 9.2% GDP growth in 2021-22 and 8-8.5% in 2022-23, creating a big opportunity for Japanese companies.
The joint statement made the right noises about North Korea’s destabilizing missile launches, but the fact remains that the Quad does not possess any military muscle.
The US Secretary of State met his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Hawaii, urging “intense engagement” to build on common interests and heal past rifts.
Deterring China’s hegemonic aggression is the catalyst for new economic dialogue and plans for Kishida, Biden, other Quad leaders to meet in Japan by mid-year.
Watch for coordinated efforts to prevent China’s imposition of totalitarian technology standards and shore up supply chain resilience through the broader US-Japan relationship in 2022.
Kishida is displaying much bolder leadership and decision-making on China-related and other issues since taking the reigns of government.
Tokyo should take note of India’s case and realize that favorable trade relations with China will not stop Beijing’s military aggression and attempted land grabs.
Heavily compromised cross-strait relations pose a threat to Japan, whose national security is intrinsically linked with that of Taiwan.
The biggest threat according to the Deputy National Security Advisor is politics, economy and military, “all of the above,” adding that for the U.S. and Japan,...
Japan’s exclusion from the grouping is particularly startling considering that it is a key U.S. treaty ally and aligns with all three members on several points,...