IPEF: President Biden unveils his economic plan for countering China in Asia

IPEF: President Biden unveils his economic plan for countering China in Asia

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is Biden’s attempt at engaging a region coming increasingly under the influence of China. He unveiled it as he began the second leg of his debut tour of Asia. The announcement was one of the centerpieces of Biden’s visit to the continent, which began last week in South Korea and is … Read more

US, Japan and South Korea focus on semiconductors as Biden visits Asia

US, Japan and South Korea focus on semiconductors as Biden visits Asia

TOKYO — As US President Joe Biden visits Japan and South Korea, the three countries are looking for common ground on the world stage. One place they’re finding it is semiconductors. A first stop for Biden on his first swing through Asia as president was a Samsung factory in South Korea. “These little chips, only … Read more

Why Turkey doesn’t want Sweden, Finland to join NATO

Why Turkey doesn't want Sweden, Finland to join NATO

When Finland and Sweden announced their interest in joining NATO, the two Nordic states were expected to be swiftly accepted as members of the defense alliance. But joining NATO requires consensus approval from all existing members, and Turkey – one of the group’s most strategically important and militarily powerful members – is not happy. The … Read more

Biden sets to unveil his economic plan for countering China in Asia

Biden sets to unveil his economic plan for countering China in Asia

The announcement is one of the centerpieces of Biden’s visit to the continent, which began last week in South Korea and is continuing this week in Japan. Before Biden unveils the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which his aides refer to as IPEF, he’ll pay a call on Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and sit for bilateral talks with … Read more

Exclusive: Trevor Reed pushes back against critics of US participation in prisoner swaps

Exclusive: Trevor Reed pushes back against critics of US participation in prisoner swaps

While some critics say the US participation in the swaps could incentivize foreign governments to hold Americans hostage or prisoners under false charges as a form of leverage, Reed told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he doesn’t buy their argument. “The thing that you have to understand is countries like North Korea — Russia now, obviously, … Read more

Biden set to wrap up South Korean leg of his first Asia trip as President with visit to US troops

Biden set to wrap up South Korean leg of his first Asia trip as President with visit to US troops

Biden plans to observe a joint airspace control center where members of the US and South Korean militaries work alongside each other to monitor airspace made tense by North Korea’s intensifying missile tests. Earlier in the day, the President is expected to meet with Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Euisun in Seoul, where he’ll highlight … Read more

Biden signs $40 billion aid package to Ukraine while in Seoul

Biden signs $40 billion aid package to Ukraine while in Seoul

Seoul CNN — President Joe Biden on Saturday signed the $40 billion aid package to Ukraine, a White House official said, after the bill was flown to Seoul. The Senate passed it following Biden’s departure from Washington. The confirmation that Biden had signed the bill came as the President attended a state dinner with South … Read more

Biden’s North Korea strategy is a long way from Trump’s showy diplomacy

Biden's North Korea strategy is a long way from Trump's showy diplomacy

And during a news conference here Saturday, he did not sound particularly eager for a handshake with the North Korean despot. “That would depend on whether he’s sincere and whether he’s serious,” Biden said when asked whether he’d be willing to meet Kim. The days of glitzy, leader-to-leader summits and other photo ops that defined … Read more

US likely to keep 100,000 troops in Europe for foreseeable future in face of Russian threat, US officials say

US likely to keep 100,000 troops in Europe for foreseeable future in face of Russian threat, US officials say

The numbers could temporarily increase if NATO carries out more military exercises in the region, and the US could add additional bases in Europe if the security environment changes, the officials added. The plans are being considered following Thursday’s meeting of NATO’s military chiefs in Brussels, the officials said. The military chiefs are making the … Read more

North Korea expected to be central part of Biden’s meetings with South Korea

North Korea expected to be central part of Biden's meetings with South Korea

The hermit nation’s intensifying provocations were expected to be at the center of Biden’s talks with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk Yeol, who took office a little more than a week ago and has signaled a tougher stance on Pyongyang than his predecessor. Yet Biden also hopes to use the opportunity of a new … Read more