Yonhap: Biden says will meet N.K. leader if he agrees to draw down nuclear capacity
Joe Biden said Thursday he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un only on the condition that the latter agrees to reduce his country’s nuclear capabilities.
Hindustan Times: In Biden’s outreach to Indian Americans, a clear reference to Chinese aggression and Pak
Joe Biden reiterated his promise to work with India to combat terrorism and prevent China from threatening its neighbors.
Asia Times: Suga launches charm offensive in Southeast Asia
In a sign of Southeast Asia’s growing strategic importance, Suga chose the region as his first foreign destination.
South China Morning Post: Chinese President Xi Jinping says nation will never be divided
Beijing will not allow any force to divide the nation, Xi Jinping said in a thinly veiled reference to Taiwan.
Nikkei Asian Review: Silence in Beijing as Suga builds anti-China coalition
Xi Jinping’s visit to Japan remains a key goal deterred by bilateral and geopolitics.
The Economist: North Korea is lonelier than ever
With borders shut and diplomats confined, the only things improving are the missiles.
South China Morning Post: Japanese fishing boats told to look elsewhere for catch as Chinese ships take over traditional grounds
Japanese fishermen advised to leave to avoid clashes as some warn that Beijing may be testing Tokyo’s territorial resolve.
Japan Times: China struggles to fill Trump’s ‘America First’ leadership void
Despite Donald Trump’s inward “America First” presidency, China has had limited success capitalizing on a global leadership vacuum.
Japan Times: Suga ends trip by decrying sea tensions, but denies seeking ‘Asian NATO’
Japan opposes any actions that escalate tensions in the East and South China Seas, Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide said.
Hindustan Times: India, US 2+2 meet set for October 27
The dialogue will see India and the US consolidate diplomatic and security ties, including efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.