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The Elephant in the Room: An Imminent Danger to the Japan-US Alliance

The Elephant in the Room: An Imminent Danger to the Japan-US Alliance

By Yukari Easton
During his state visit, Kishida was unusually blunt about the dangers current trends in U.S. politics pose to the alliance.

Banning TikTok Won’t Solve the US Social Media Problem 

Banning TikTok Won’t Solve the US Social Media Problem 

By Matt Dagher-Margosian
While the Biden administration seeks to aggressively regulate TikTok, it has given up attempting to control disinformation on domestic social media companies.
Why the US Should Cooperate More Closely With Vietnam’s Public Security Ministry

Why the US Should Cooperate More Closely With Vietnam’s Public Security Ministry

By Khang Vu
Small arms procurements for internal security agencies could be a step toward more substantial purchases of U.S. hardware for Vietnam's military.

Biden and Senate Democrats May Postpone the TikTok Bill Amid Election Year

Biden and Senate Democrats May Postpone the TikTok Bill Amid Election Year

By You Wang
Republicans have exhibited cohesion in their bid to ban TikTok, underscoring their resolve. Democratic legislators seem to display more doubts.

China’s Xi Jinping Meets With US Business Leaders  

China’s Xi Jinping Meets With US Business Leaders  

By Associated Press
Xi emphasized the mutually beneficial economic ties between the two, despite heavy U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports and restrictions on China’s tech sector.

Singapore-flagged Cargo Vessel Collides With Baltimore’s Key Bridge, Bringing It Down

Singapore-flagged Cargo Vessel Collides With Baltimore’s Key Bridge, Bringing It Down

By Lea Skene
Singapore’s port authority pledged to cooperate in the investigation into what is expected to be a “mass casualty event.”

The US Must Respond to Hong Kong’s New Security Law

The US Must Respond to Hong Kong’s New Security Law

By Sunny Cheung
The U.S. must safeguard its nationals and business interests in Hong Kong as well as reevaluate the city’s status on the international stage.
Blinken Underscores ‘Ironclad’ Support for the Philippines as It Clashes With China in Disputed Sea

Blinken Underscores ‘Ironclad’ Support for the Philippines as It Clashes With China in Disputed Sea

By Jim Gomez
While in Manila, Blinken reiterated that the U.S. is obligated to defend the Philippines if Filipino forces, ships, or aircraft come under an armed attack anywhere in the South China Sea.

US Lawmakers See TikTok as China’s Tool, Even as It Distances Itself From Beijing

US Lawmakers See TikTok as China’s Tool, Even as It Distances Itself From Beijing

By Didi Tang
A new bill threatens the app’s survival and casts a spotlight on the quandary that many private Chinese companies have found themselves in.

The China Policy Gap Between Biden and Trump Is Bigger Than You Think

The China Policy Gap Between Biden and Trump Is Bigger Than You Think

By Jiachen Shi
Rhetorically, the two presidential candidates hit many of the same notes. But in practice they have approached competition with China very differently.

US Firms Set to Invest $1 Billion in Philippines, Commerce Secretary Says

US Firms Set to Invest $1 Billion in Philippines, Commerce Secretary Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The Biden administration is hoping to elevate economic relations with Manila to keep step with the recent enhancement of security ties.
Biden Orders US Investigation of National Security Risks Posed by Chinese-Made ‘Smart Cars’

Biden Orders US Investigation of National Security Risks Posed by Chinese-Made ‘Smart Cars’

By Matthew Daly
The probe could lead to new regulations aimed at preventing China from using sophisticated technology in electric vehicles to track drivers and their personal information.

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