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China’s Maritime Choke Points

By​ George Friedman for Stratfor — There is widespread interest in the rising tensions over the waters east of China. China has become increasingly assertive in the region, and regional powers from Japan to Singapore have become alarmed at China’s behavior. The Chinese recently built an island in the South …

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Trump wants to leave U.S. allies in the lurch

By Bill Schneider for Reuters — Thanks to Donald Trump, Americans now know what a populist foreign policy looks like: “Not isolationist, but America First.” That’s how the Republican presidential front-runner defined his views to an interviewer last week. “I like the expression,” Trump said, implying that he had never …

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The Japanese Government’s Decision To Postpone FM’s trip To Russia

The Levant – – Japan’s top government spokesman said on Friday that no decisions had yet been made about a possible visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Russia. “As for Kishida’s visit to Russia and everything connected with it, nothing has been decided so far,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga …

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Russia And Japan: A Peace Treaty Conclusion

The Levant – – MOSCOW, September 18.. “Japanese Foreign Minister [Fumio] Kishida’s working visit to Russia will take place on September 20 to 22,” the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov , said.” His talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are scheduled for the visit as well as [Kishida’s] participation …

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Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of ISIS captives

Reuters – Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said every …

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In Japan, some blame the victims for Islamic State hostage crisis

Reuters – The images always share terrifying similarities: hostages kneeling in orange jumpsuits, a black-clad terrorist threatening a beheading. This time, however, the victims are Japanese, and the response of their government and the attitudes of their fellow citizens expose key differences from the standard Western response. Those differences may …

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Japanese national remains in the hands of ISIL

THE LEVANT  – Japan’s government said Monday it was investigating a video posted online that appears to show a kidnapped Japanese man being roughly interrogated by Syrian militants. The video, which surfaced over the weekend, shows a man who identified himself as Haruna Yukawa lying on the ground with blood …

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