December 18, 2012

Is Japan's Abe Going to Pick a Fight with China?

Michael Auslin, Foreign Policy

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It seems that Xi supports the current policy of challenging Japan's claim, or at a minimum has not yet proposed an alternative approach that satisfies his co-leaders. Even a diplomatic outreach by Japan's new premier , were it possible, might not result in any deal that Xi could bring back to China's top leadership body, the Standing Committee, particularly if the leadership is confident that China is slowly wearing down Japan's defenses or is prompting a domestic political backlash against Japan's government. This may well be a misreading of Japan's will and strategy, but it at least means the current policy of continually testing Japan will continue.

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TAGGED: Senkaku islands, Xi Jinping, Asia, China, Japan, Shinzo Abe


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