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Fumio Kishida Set to Become Japan’s 100th Prime Minister
Fumio Kishida, 64, is set to become Japan's 100th prime minister following a leadership vote on Wednesday, Sept. 29, by the incumbent Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Kishida won the runoff 250-170 against rival Taro Kono...
Nobuo Kishi said that peace in Taiwan is necessary for the international community.
Japan Promises ‘Necessary Response’ to China for Military Aggression Against Taiwan
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi recently said that his country will provide a “necessary response” to China if Beijing continues with its military aggression towards Taiwan and sparks a conflict. China had been increasing its...
The four Quad leaders have committed to ensuring stability in the Indo-Pacific.
US, Australia, India, and Japan Leaders Commit to Securing Indo-Pacific at White House Meeting
On Sept. 24, leaders from the four-nation Quad group met at the White House to discuss efforts to maintain rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region, which is experiencing increasing Chinese aggressiveness. In a joint...
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Newly Elected Head of Taiwan’s KMT Pledges to Mend Ties With Mainland China, Re-establish Presence in US
Winning 45 percent of the Kuomintang vote, Eric Chu defeated dark horse contender Chang Ya-chung, an open proponent of unifying Taiwan with the Chinese mainland Eric Chu Li-luan, the newly elected chairman of Taiwan’s largest...
Under Threat of Increased COVID-19 Restrictions, Vaccination Rates Surge in Singapore
The Singapore government’s warning that it would impose strict segregation measures on the unvaccinated population of Singapore has had an immediate impact in the country. The warning, issued last month, caused vaccination numbers to surge....
A view of the South China Sea between the city of Xiamen in China, in the far distance, and the islands of Kinmen in Taiwan, in the foreground, on February 02, 2021 as seen from the airspace above Kinmen, Taiwan.
Japan and Vietnam Sign Defence Transfer Deal in Response to China’s Influence
With China’s looming presence in the South China Sea, Japan has signed a deal with Vietnam to ensure that military defence equipment and technology from Tokyo are sent to Hanoi to counter China’s influence. As...
In this photo illustration, the logos of the applications, Google Maps, Google and Gmail are displayed on the screen of a tablet on October 23, 2018 in Paris, France.
South Korea Curbs Google’s Abuse of Market Dominance with $177 Million Fine
According to Apple Insider, Alphabet Inc.’s Google has been fined about 207 billion Korean Won (177 million dollars) for abuse of its dominant market position in the Android operating system (OS) market. This is the...
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‘Sea Fortress’: Taiwan to Boost Military Spending by $8.7 Billion to Defend Against Communist China
The Republic of China (ROC) military will add 240 billion Taiwan dollars (US$8.7 billion) to its defense spending over the next five years to protect the island of Taiwan against the communist regime on mainland...
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US to Help Australia Build Nuclear Submarines; New Zealand Not Included in Defense Pact
The Australian government on Sept. 16 announced its cancellation of a 2016 contract with France to build a fleet of submarines, as the project is to be taken up using American nuclear technology instead. The...