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Open newsletter – february 23, 2022

ASIA A divide is emerging between how the Asia Pacific region has responded to the Omicron wave of COVID-19, and how North American and Western European countries have responded. East Asia Forum, Jeremy Youde: Asia’s cautious approach to Omicron AUSTRALIA One of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials involved with a new […]

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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Daily news – February 7, 2022 a.m.

AFGHANISTAN Bamiyan Buddhas and Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage. Rishika Dhumal, Vivekananda International Foundation: In Afghanistan, Buddhist cave temples are concentrated in three regions: Jalalabad (180 caves), Haibak (200 caves) and Bamiyan (1000 caves). The Bamiyan Buddhas are part of a Buddhist site in Bamiyan Valley of Bamiyan River, 230km northwest of Kabul and 2500m above sea […]

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Japan-Taiwan relations: A look back on 2021 and look ahead to 2022 (Adam P. Liff and Ryan Hass, Brookings)

Throughout 2021, U.S. government officials and scholars expressed deepening concerns that China may use its growing military power to force unification with Taiwan. Against this backdrop, Japan-Taiwan relations and Japan’s role in cross-Strait peace and stability — as a close neighbor whose westernmost territory is less than 70 miles from Taiwan, fellow democracy, and U.S. treaty ally […]

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Japan’s low-tech world (John West, The Interpreter)

Japan is a high-tech country, right? It is, after all, the home of bullet trains, robots, computer games and all sorts of gadgets. But there is another side of the story: low-tech Japan. Most of the world now communicates by email, but our Japanese friends are still hooked on fax machines. While the rest of […]

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BOJ raises inflation forecasts but rules out policy tightening (Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto, Reuters)

The Bank of Japan raised its inflation forecasts on Tuesday but said it was in no rush to change its ultra-loose monetary policy, as rising prices fan speculation it may soon signal a shift in its decade-old stimulus experiment. BOJ raises inflation forecasts but rules out policy tightening | Reuters

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Japan–Australia defence deal opens up opportunities for closer cooperation (Grant Newsham, The Strategist)

The Australian and Japanese prime ministers met virtually on 6 January and signed a reciprocal access agreement (RAA) that makes it easier for each nation’s troops to operate in each other’s country. As important, it strengthens the political and psychological groundwork for increased military cooperation between the two nations. It’s the first such agreement Japan […]

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Entrepreneurs from China, Japan and South Korea pin hopes on the RCEP: survey (Zhang Dan, Global Times)

Despite the ongoing pandemic and geopolitical volatility, most entrepreneurs from China, Japan and South Korea are optimistic about China’s economic growth in 2022 and the recently implemented mega trade pact – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), according to a joint survey by the Global Times Research Center, Maeil Business Newspaper and Nikkei. GT Investigates: […]

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Japan deepens defense ties with US to target China, seeking to justify amending the war-renouncing constitution (Wang Qi, Global Times)

Aiming to deepen defense cooperation, the US and Japan on Friday held a virtual 2+2 meeting, with a new five-year agreement on sharing the cost of US military presence in Japan signed. Experts said that Kishida Fumio’s cabinet, under pressure from the country’s domestic right force and US Biden administration, has itself heading in a […]

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US, Japan chide China as they deepen defence ties (Al Jazeera)

Japan and the United States have expressed concern about what they described as China’s “ongoing efforts” to “undermine” the rules-based international order, as the two countries agreed to deepen defence cooperation in response to new and emerging threats. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, and the two countries’ defence ministers […]

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Security relationship with Japan is only the beginning for Australia (Shiro Armstrong – East Asia Forum)

Australia has become Japan’s most important security partner after the United States. Japan is the world’s third largest economy and central to outcomes in Australia’s broader neighbourhood and globally. Security relationship with Japan is only the beginning for Australia | East Asia Forum