There are signs of consumer hesitation among the Chinese - a trend which is evident in Japan. There, the Lunar New Year holiday attracted the usual invasion of Chinese tourists - but they weren't splashing out as much as last year.
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For the first time in three decades, Taiwan outpaced China's economy in 2020. The island's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was the envy of the world, while demand for its semiconductors spurred growth.
Regional powers fear that disagreement over leadership of the Pacific Islands Forum could open the door for China to increase its presence and influence over underdeveloped countries reeling from economic problems.
When the world's largest emitter set an ambitious 2060 carbon neutrality target at the UN in September, it set off a chorus of hope that global heating might be kept below catastrophic levels.
The swimming event was scheduled to take place from March 4-7 in Tokyo, but has been postponed to May. Meanwhile, Australia has extended its travel bubble suspension with New Zealand. Follow DW for the latest.
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