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Interview: Chinese escalation over Pelosi Taiwan visit a mistake

Washington, Aug. 31 (Jiji Press)–China made a mistake in escalating tensions following U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said in a recent interview.     “I think it was a big miscalculation by China and a totally unnecessary and risky escalation of their activities” in areas around Taiwan, Kendall told Jiji Press at….Read more

  • August 31, 2022
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Toyota to beef up EV battery production in America 

All national dailies highlighted Toyota’s announcement yesterday regarding its investment plans for electric vehicle battery production at home and abroad, saying that the world’s largest auto manufacturer will commit some 325 billion yen ($2.35 billion) to building a new EV battery assembly line at its plant in North Carolina in partnership with Toyota Tsusho Corp. The plant will hire 350….Read more

  • September 1, 2022
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Senior officials of U.S., Japan, ROK to meet in Hawaii

NHK reported that the White House announced on Tuesday that senior officials of the United States, Japan, and South Korea in charge of security affairs will hold talks in Hawaii on Sept. 1. The network said this will be the first such meeting since the launch of the Yoon administration, adding that Washington is hoping to strengthen trilateral cooperation in….Read more

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Solomon Islands rejects port call by U.S. Coast Guard vessel

NHK reported that National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby told reporters on Monday that last week the Solomon Islands did not allow a U.S. Coast Guard vessel to make a routine stop to refuel and resupply. The ship ultimately diverted to Papua New Guinea. The network quoted Kirby as saying the United States was disappointed by the….Read more

  • August 30, 2022
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Honda, LG Energy Solution to build new EV battery plant in U.S.  

Nikkei gave top play to a report saying that Honda Motor announced on Monday that it will build a new battery plant for electric vehicles in the United States with South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution. The paper said Honda and LG Energy will invest $4.4 billion in the effort, adding that the two companies are aiming for an….Read more

  • August 30, 2022
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Senator Blackburn arrives in Taiwan on third visit by U.S. dignitaries this month

NHK reported this morning that Senator Blackburn arrived in Taiwan late Thursday evening, saying that this is the third visit to Taiwan by U.S. lawmakers this month. The network said that according to Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry, Senator Blackburn is expected to meet with Taiwan President Tsai and other Taiwanese officials to exchange views on security as well as economic and….Read more

  • August 26, 2022
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Leading U.S. lawmaker calls for expanded joint exercises with Japan

By RYO NAKAMURA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — The U.S. and Japan should expand joint military exercises to maintain the status-quo in the Taiwan Strait, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee told Nikkei in a written interview recently.   “Beijing’s intimidation is not going to work,” Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, said regarding criticism by….Read more

  • August 22, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 7:00 p.m.
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Congressman Meeks says visit to Taiwan was necessary to show solidarity

Asahi ran a written interview with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Meeks, who visited Taiwan last month as a member of the delegation led by House Speaker Pelosi. The paper wrote that Meeks expressed concern over China’s increasing attempts to change the status quo through such actions as intrusions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, dissemination of disinformation, and economic….Read more

  • August 23, 2022
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Ambassador Emanuel speaks on challenges and opportunities facing U.S.-Japan Alliance: China, Russia, commercial diplomacy

TV Tokyo’s “World Business Satellite” aired a one-on-one interview with Ambassador Emanuel on Friday, during which he offered his views on a range of diplomatic challenges and opportunities facing the United States and Japan. At the onset of the seven-minute segment, the Ambassador was shown recalling his first six months on the job, saying: “It’s been wonderful. There is never….Read more

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Influential U.S. lawmaker calls for U.S., Japan to expand military training

Nikkei front-paged a written interview with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Meeks in which he underscored the importance for the United States and Japan to expand their military exercises aimed at deterring China’s aggression against Taiwan, which he visited recently along with House Speaker Pelosi. The congressman described the trip as “demonstrating ironclad congressional commitment to Taiwan” and dismissed China’s….Read more

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