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Biden vows to shield US steel industry by blocking Japanese merger and seeking new Chinese tariffs

Apr. 17, 2024 18:22 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden promised cheering, unionized steelworkers on Wednesday that his administration would block the acquisition of U.S. Steel by a Japanese company, and he called for a tripling of tariffs on Chinese steel, seeking to use trade policy to win over working-class...

The US ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to a stronger security alliance

Apr. 16, 2024 10:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Japan urged Tokyo on Tuesday to take a greater role in developing, producing and supplying weapons “to enhance our collective security" amid conflict in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere. The United States alone can no longer supply all democracies,...

US and Philippines step up strategic partnership as China threats loom in South China Sea

Apr. 12, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday reassured the Philippines anew that the U.S. commitment to the country's defense is steadfast amid increasing concerns about provocative Chinese actions in disputed areas of the South China Sea. A day after President Joe Biden...

North Carolina welcomes a historic visitor in Japan's Prime Minister Kishida

Apr. 12, 2024 19:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cemented economic links and cultural amity with North Carolina on Friday, following up time in Washington during his official U.S. visit by checking up on benchmark Japanese companies building in the ninth-most populous state and meeting...

US, Japan and South Korea hold drills in disputed sea as Biden hosts leaders of Japan, Philippines

Apr. 12, 2024 05:47 AM EDT

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (AP) — A U.S. carrier strike group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has held a two-day joint exercise with its allies Japan and South Korea as U.S. President Joe Biden met for talks with leaders from Japan and the Philippines at the White House. The military and...

Biden says US support for Philippines, Japan defense 'ironclad' amid growing China provocations

Apr. 11, 2024 19:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. defense commitment to Pacific allies was “ironclad” as he gathered Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House in the midst of growing concern about provocative Chinese...

Treasury wants to boost foreign investment review powers, as Congress dissects Nippon, TikTok deals

Apr. 11, 2024 18:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury wants to enhance the power of a little-known, secretive government committee to review deals made between U.S. firms and foreign investors. This comes as high-profile deals involving foreign investment in the U.S. — like Chinese firm ByteDance’s...

On eve of Japanese prime minister's visit to North Carolina, Fujifilm announces more jobs there

Apr. 11, 2024 16:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hours before the Japanese prime minister's arrival in North Carolina, a subsidiary of Japan's Fujifilm Corp. announced Thursday plans to expand further a massive biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant in the state, even as the initial phase is not yet complete, promising...

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses Congress amid skepticism about US role abroad

Apr. 11, 2024 16:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addressed U.S. lawmakers at the Capitol on Thursday, urging them to consider the importance of global commitments at a time of tension in the Asia-Pacific and deep skepticism in Congress about U.S. involvement abroad. Kishida...

Kishida cracks jokes and invokes 'Star Trek' as he and Biden toast US-Japan alliance at state dinner

Apr. 10, 2024 22:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cracked jokes and invoked a touchstone of American culture as he quoted from “Star Trek” at Wednesday's state dinner, telling guests at the White House that he hoped the “unshakable relationship” between his country and the U.S....