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Annie Gugliotta

A club for hemming China in

On Monday — the day that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that Canada is interested in joining the AUKUS defense alliance — documents were released at a public inquiry that showed that Canada’s intelligence agency believes China “clandestinely and deceptively interfered in both the 2019 and 2021 general elections.”

Also on Monday, as Chinese ships carried out exercises in disputed waters in the South China Sea, the US, UK, and Australia announced that they were talking to Japan about inviting that country to participate in Pillar II of the security pact.

China’s growing military and political belligerence is rattling other countries, and they are responding by drawing together in a way that would have been out of the question a decade ago.

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 14, 2022.

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Biden and Xi meet again

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden will meet face to face tomorrow in San Francisco in the hopes of salvaging their countries’ crumbling relationship.

The two had the same goal when they met on the sidelines of the G20 last November. But after China floated a spy balloon into US airspace, the rest of the year consisted of retaliatory trade restrictions on technology and critical minerals, Chinese raids on US companies, and increasingly frequent “risky intercepts” between military forces.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.

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Biden brings South Korea and Japan together

Nestled in the woods of Maryland outside Washington, DC, the Camp David estate -- the president's country retreat -- looms large in international diplomacy as a place where serious business gets done.

On Friday, President Joe Biden will host South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for a summit at the famous campsite where, in 1978, Jimmy Carter helped broker peace between Egypt and Israel.

While it might not seem like a big deal for Washington to facilitate a summit with America’s two closest Asian partners, it is monumental that South Korea, in particular, appears ready and willing to enlist in a new US-led trilateral alliance with Japan.

Despite a rapprochement, relations between the two East Asian giants have remained strained since Japan ended its 35-year occupation of the Korean peninsula in 1945.

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The brunt of pandemic on MSMEs: Daily Star contributor

September 16, 2020 12:40 PM

In the article, the writer says micro, small and medium enterprises are an engine of growth in the Asia Pacific region and should be supported through lower taxes and wage subsidies.

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