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The United States and China experienced tensions in 2023, highlighted by the shooting down of a suspected Chinese spy balloon, leading to the postponement of Secretary of State Antony Blinken's trip to China.
On 28 January, a high-altitude balloon was discovered flying across North America. Suspected of being a Chinese spy balloon carrying intelligence-gathering equipment, it was shot down by the US Air Force on 4 February...
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's visit to Washington DC showcased the cooperative aspect of US engagement with Asia. Kishida announced an increase in defense expenditure by Japan, which was well-received by the United States.
Kishida announced the Japanese government's decision to increase its defence expenditure to 2 per cent of GDP by 2027 - a significant increase from the 1 per cent ceiling adhered to since 1976. Widely welcomed in Washington...