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An Olympic-size COVID risk
With Japan's vaccination program lagging behind US and European efforts and less than 40 days until the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga is under intense public pressure to deliver a successful Games without further increasing COVID case numbers, writes Takatoshi Ito.
Biden-Suga Summit Signals a Shift in Global Focus
US President Joe Biden has confirmed a shift in US foreign policy priorities by hosting the first physical head of government meeting since he came to office with Japan’s Yoshihide Suga. But John McCarthy argues there are lessons for Australia in how Japan balances its relations with Washington and Beijing.
Japan is facing a fourth COVID wave and sluggish vaccine rollout. Will it be ready for the Olympics?
With COVID-19 case numbers once again rising, and a sluggish vaccine rollout hampering efforts to contain the virus, Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is under intense pressure to deliver a COVID-safe Olympics, writes Craig Mark.
The first summit Quad meeting reaffirms a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific
Amid continued Chinese aggression, the Quad’s significance has increased further. As Dr Ashok Sharma writes, the summit-level meeting ascertains that the Quad is not only here to stay but will be a powerful stabilising force in the Indo-Pacific.
Has the Quad made soft power fashionable again?
Last week’s Quad leaders’ summit saw the United States put soft power back at the centre of regional diplomacy. Former ambassador John McCarthy argues Australia needs to take note.