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Politics Apr 12U.S. show of force to North Korea also could show U.S. weakness
But the Vinson’s presence near North Korea points to the larger challenge for the U.S. of deterrence, which has to be backed by the real threat of force.
World Mar 13Tillerson heads to Asia with North Korea tensions high
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plunges this week into the increasingly volatile situation in North Asia with visits to Japan, South Korea and China, the region's central players for dealing with North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests. Complicating the…
Politics Feb 10Trump hugs ally Japan after easing U.S.-China tensions
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, fresh off patching up ties with China, reassured Japan's leader Friday that the U.S. will defend its close ally. Together, the pronouncements illustrated a shift toward a more mainstream Trump stance on U.S. policy toward…
Politics Feb 01As Mattis departs for first trip to Asia, U.S. stance on North Korea unclear
There are growing concerns about North Korea's weapons programs. It's not clear how President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis plan to stop threats.
Politics Jan 03Stakes rising, Trump has limited options to stop North Korea nuclear threat
Donald Trump's options for stopping the reclusive communist country are slim: diplomacy that would reward Pyongyang, sanctions which haven't worked, and military action that no one wants.
Politics Dec 13Asian envoys urge Trump to reconsider opposition to Trans-Pacific trade deal
Trump has vowed to withdraw from TPP on his first day in office, calling it a "disaster" for American jobs.
World Dec 02Trump’s call with Taiwan’s president could threaten China relations
Trump's transition team says the two leaders noted the "close economic, political, and security ties" that exist between Taiwan and the United States.
World Oct 07Obama orders U.S. economic sanctions on Myanmar lifted
President Barack Obama on Friday lifted U.S. economic sanctions on the former pariah state of Myanmar, the culmination of years of rapprochement that Obama has worked to facilitate.
World Sep 14U.S. lifting sanctions on Myanmar as Suu Kyi visits
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. is lifting economic sanctions and restoring trade benefits to former pariah state Myanmar as he met with Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner who is now the nation's de…
Politics Aug 22Where do the presidential candidates stand on China?
Hillary Clinton says the U.S. needs to "stand up to China." Donald Trump says the high volume of U.S.-China trade gives Washington leverage over Beijing.