Earlier this year, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio visited five G-7 countries in a bid to expand security cooperation. Combined with new security frameworks, the visits collectively signal Tokyo’s commitment to becoming a stabilizing regional force and playing a more proactive role as a global power.
Instead of repairing cross-strait relations, Beijing seems content to maintain its uncompromising approach toward the government of President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan. Beijing is hoping that a more amenable government will be elected in 2024, when Taiwan holds its next presidential election. But that might be a losing bet.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met in Manila over the weekend with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, whose visit was meant to show Washington’s high-level support for its Southeast Asian ally. But if security issues were front and center during Harris’ visit, the question of human rights was also on the agenda.