Asia Times – Biden’s mission: Unite Japan and South Korea
The incoming US administration considers alliances central to major goals – crushing the pandemic, tackling climate change, and restoring economic growth.
Hindustan Times: Planning for a post-Covid world
Future G20 hosts face the task of ensuring the revival of cooperation over global financial architecture, supply chain stability, and climate.
Nikkei Asia: COVID pushes Asia to embrace big government
Lavish spending, deep debt, high-tech surveillance – Is this the end of the small state tradition?
South China Morning Post: ‘Now or never’ as superpowers toy with idea of Pacific Rim trade deal
President Xi Jinping’s announcement that China “will actively consider” joining a formerly American-backed accord has sent a ripple of intrigue across the Pacific Rim.
The Straits Times: China’s top diplomat Wang Yi visits Japan amid regional tensions
China’s foreign minister is to visit Tokyo on November 24, the first high-level trip since Japan picked a new leader in September.
South China Morning Post – China-India border dispute: massive convoy delivers winter supplies to troops at Himalayan outposts
Essential supplies have been delivered to Chinese soldiers at remote Himalayan outposts to endure winter in the border confrontation with India.
Asia Times: Biden appointees point to Asia policy pivot
Focus Taiwan: US-Taiwan economic dialogue opens with signing of MOU
The MOU will lay the groundwork for more comprehensive economic cooperation ahead, Taiwan’s representative office in the US said.
NK News: US raises pressure on countries illegally hosting North Korean workers
The US Department of the Treasury sanctioned North Korean and Russian firms for allegedly exporting “forced labor” from the DPRK.
Asia Times: US sidelined as China, Korea and Japan unite
RCEP marks an epochal setback for Washington nearly four years after Trump left the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.