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Europe · Washington

Blinken warns China threat greater than Russia long term

59% Center coverage: 40 sources
Secretary of State Antony Blinken will lay out a three-pillar approach to competing with Beijing in a race to define the 21st century's economic and military balance. While the U.S. sees Russia as the most acute and immediate threat to international stability, the officials said the administration believes China poses a greater danger.See the Story
Asia · Beijing

China foreign minister arrives in Solomon Islands amid security deal

46% Center coverage: 26 sources
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and a 20-strong delegation arrive in Solomon Islands. Visit comes amid growing concerns about Beijing's military and financial ambitions. Australia scrambling to counter the move by sending its own Foreign Minister Penny Wong to Fiji. Wang hoping to strike a deal with 10 small Pacific nations during his visit.See the Story
Fighter Jets · Washington

U.S., Japan say their fighter jets staged joint flight after N.Korea missile launches

42% Right coverage: 24 sources
The Japan-U.S. joint flight on Wednesday involved eight warplanes based in Japan. The flight was meant to confirm the combined capabilities of the two militaries. It occurred hours after North Korea fired three missiles toward the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. Chinese and Russian strategic bombers conducted joint flights near Japan on Tuesday.See the Story
Japan · Japan

Japan begins reopening to foreign tourists from June 10

Coverage: 6 sources
Japan will resume accepting foreign tourists from June 10, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says. To reduce the potential spread of infections, tourism arrivals will initially be limited to guided tour groups. In 2018, Japan welcomed more than 30 million inbound tourists. But the country has closed its borders to foreign tourists since the early stage of the pandemic.See the Story
Business · Japan

Thailand, Japan eye bolstering regional ties

Coverage: 2 sources
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha begin talks in Tokyo. They are expected to agree on enhancing regional ties through a U.S.-led economic framework. The United States and 12 other members of the Indo-Pacific economic framework aim to set standards for the digital economy.See the Story
Asia

Padres' Yu Darvish takes loss despite strong start against Brewers

Coverage: 2 sources
Darvish (4-2) was tagged with the loss in the series finale at Petco Park. He pitched 6T innings and allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out seven against the Brewers. The Brewers entered the game with a National League-leading 57 homers.See the Story
Asia · Japan

Japan PM Kishida sees need for dialogue with China's Xi - The Mainichi

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
Kishida says no specific date has been fixed for his summit meeting with Xi. No in-person talks have been held since Kishida became prime minister last October. China is a major trading partner for Japan, but their relations have been marred over a group of disputed islets in the East China Sea.See the Story
Asia · Japan

Japan, U.S. defense chiefs rap N. Korea missile launches

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hold phone talks. They condemn North Korea's ballistic missile launches the day before as an act of provocation and a threat to international security. Concerns are growing that Pyongyang is preparing to conduct its first nuclear test since 2017.See the Story
Asia · Japan

Japan eases travel advisory for 36 nations, allows nonessential trip

Japan eases travel warning for 36 countries and areas over coronavirus pandemic. Travel advisories for other 15 nations and areas were downgraded from Level 3 to Level 2. U.S., Britain, Canada and Hong Kong no longer asked Japanese citizens to avoid nonessential trips.See the Story

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