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Why Biden’s eye is on Tokyo

  • While US President Joe Biden is heavily focused on the dangerous Russia stand-off in Ukraine, his attention was diverted last week by a summit with new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.  At a time of growing tension with not just Moscow but also Beijing, Kishida could be a pivotal f...
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Phnom Penh summit highlights Europe’s growing focus on Asia

  • While many headlines have been made in 2021 by the intensified US focus on Asia under President Joe Biden, the growing attention that Europe is devoting to the world’s fastest-growing economic region is often overlooked. The latest signal of European intent toward Asia comes with the Asia-Eur...
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US-China tensions likely to resurface at APEC summit

  • While much of the world is focused on the COP26 climate summit in Scotland, at the other end of the world on Friday and Saturday will be another key meeting — the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Council leadership session, featuring Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, plus Prime Ministers Scot...
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G7 flexes its political muscles again

  • While the G7 was created in the 1970s to monitor developments in the world economy, last week’s crisis meeting of Western leaders illustrated the group’s often under-appreciated importance as an international security linchpin.  The G7 has also shown that other international organization...
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A vacuum in the Asia Pacific region

  • The Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) held the first extraordinary leadership meeting in its history on Friday as the region recovers from the pandemic after the biggest economic and political shock since the Second World War.  As 2021 APEC chair, New Zealand’s highest priority is lea...
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EU’s balancing act between Beijing and Biden

  • The surprise signing in December of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), despite the coronavirus chill in bilateral relations, was always likely to cause ratification headaches for Brussels and Beijing. Fast forward almost seven months and that is being borne out, with gro...
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Influential Merkel begins long goodbye

  • Europe’s dominant politician, Angela Merkel, on Friday heads to the UK to begin a series of foreign farewells as she seeks to consolidate her legacy amid one of the most fluid political and economic landscapes in decades. After more than 15 years in office, Merkel may now have fewer than 15 we...
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EU 27 meet with a new ‘spring in their step’ 

  • The 27 EU presidents and prime ministers will meet on Thursday and Friday with a surprising new “spring in their step.” Despite a pandemic crisis that has hit the bloc hard, Brexit-related problems over the Northern Ireland protocol, and wider foreign challenges including from Russia, an incr...
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Biden faces tricky balancing act on Korea

  • Friday will offer the latest example of why the Asia-Pacific is now the pre-eminent theater for US foreign policy, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in — intensifying the push for an improvement in inter-Korean relations during his remaining time in office — becoming only the second world le...
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Why the G7 have China in their sights

  • While the G7 was originally conceived in the 1970s to monitor developments in the world economy, this year’s UK-hosted events are showcasing the body’s often under-appreciated importance as an international security linchpin. This was highlighted at the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in London...
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