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For Japan, like China, Korea's division has been something of a blessing, keeping the "dagger" of the peninsula dull and diverted. By the same token, the warming ties between Pyongyang and Seoul since the start of the year have been a cause for concern. Each side is a menace in its own right. While North Korea is striving to shift the balance of power in Northeast Asia with its nuclear weapons program, South Korea represents a strong economic competitor sharing the U.S. security umbrella. And now that Pyongyang and Seoul are working together to set up direct negotiations between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan fears losing its say in how the Korean Peninsula shapes up. The alarming prospect will compel Tokyo to stay as involved as it can in Washington's plans while also trying to improve its relations with North and South Korea alike.
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China's tech giants are drawing a line in the sand in Southeast Asia. From internet heavyweight Alibaba to smartphone maker Xiaomi, Chinese companies have singled out the region as a critical market to push back against their Japanese, South Korean and U.S. rivals. The 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have a population of more than 620 million. And whoever can cultivate the region through smartphone adoption, internet commerce and other spreading technologies will have prime access to one of the world's most important generators of growth over the next two decades.
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An accident in Arizona is causing Uber to tap the breaks on testing its self-driving cars. In the first known pedestrian fatality involving an autonomous vehicle, a car from Uber's self-driving test program struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe on March 19. As a result, Uber has suspended all testing operations in the United States for their autonomous vehicle program. The Tempe Police Department has stated that initial findings do not indicate the vehicle was responsible for the crash, but the event could still impede the technology's path to widespread adoption. As autonomous vehicle technology continues to be developed, bumps in the road have the potential to alter the behavior of regulators and developers — as well as public opinion.
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India is exploring a deepening defense partnership with the United State as it seeks to balance against an increasingly assertive China in the Indo-Pacific region. On March 20, Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval arrived in the United States to meet with his American counterpart, H.R. McMaster, along with incoming U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and incoming CIA Director Gina Haspel. Doval's visit aims to lay the groundwork for a first-ever dialogue between Indian and U.S. foreign and defense ministers, which was originally scheduled for April 18 but which has since been delayed pending Pompeo's confirmation.
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Just when it looks like relations between Russia and the West have hit rock bottom, they manage to reach a new low. It's a pattern we've been tracking for the last decade as Russia's security services have grown more aggressive in their tactics. And sure enough, tensions have flared once again following the attack on Col. Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer who, along with his daughter, was poisoned with a rare nerve agent in London on March 4. The British government has since announced that the nerve agent used in the attack was a novichok, Russian for "newcomer" — a substance Russia's chemical weapons program reportedly developed to bypass the restrictions of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Moscow signed in 1993. The compound's use was likely meant as a calling card, a warning from the Russian government to current intelligence officers not to turn against the homeland as Skripal had.
To Russia With Caution
To Russia With Caution
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In December 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law his country's first major tax reform since the Reagan era. Sometimes new legislation is seismic in its effects, directly altering the playing field on which the citizens of the country operate. At other times, a new law can serve as a useful signpost for greater changes that are already underway. In this case, the tax reform represents a bit of both: It will have important ramifications itself, and it will inform the wider trends that occur over decades. From a geopolitical perspective, the move will have three main effects: It will lead to a repatriation of sizable amounts of cash by U.S. corporations, provide a stimulus for the domestic economy and increase the country's debt. The combined dynamics of these effects will play a key role in shaping the outlook for the U.S. economy – and its place in the world – for many years to come.
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The European Union is still working on its response to U.S. President Donald Trump's promise to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal unless more is done to counter Iran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East. According to media reports, the EU3 powers — France, Germany and the United Kingdom — are working on a proposal to meet Trump's demands through new sanctions. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said March 19 that there was no formal EU proposal in place for such sanctions, but she stopped short of denying that discussions over such a proposal were occurring. In addition, Mogherini urged adherence to the bloc's consistent position that the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), must succeed before the bloc will agree to further action against Iran.
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Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies have successfully leveraged their advantages over the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the city of Afrin. On March 18, they entered Afrin and took the city only hours later. The YPG had begun withdrawing even before the attack was formally launched, acknowledging its inability to effectively defend the city following severe casualties sustained during frontier battles.
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If the NFL's traditional model for drawing fans and future players to the sport is buckling under a constellation of factors shaped by evolving consumer behavior, the next question that arises is where future fans will come from. A study recently reported that American men between the ages of 18 and 25 indicate a preference for watching esports over traditional sports. Women, meanwhile, already make up around 45 percent of the NFL's viewership, and the league's recent efforts at direct outreach to women are overdue to say the least. To survive in the long run, the NFL will necessarily rely on courting younger, more diverse domestic audiences. But it is also pursuing a more global audience than ever before.
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After months of negotiations, the European Union and the United Kingdom have reached a deal on a transition period that will follow Britain's departure from the continental bloc. The union's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and his British counterpart, David Davis, announced the agreement during a joint press conference on March 19.
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