January 2, 2014

Shrine Flap Threatens U.S.-Asia Hopes

Benny Avni, New York Post

The Associated Press

Encouraging Asian democracies to jointly stand up for themselves against China turns out to be trickier than we’d hoped, as fast-chilling relations between South Korea and Japan demonstrate.

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TAGGED: United States, South Korea, China, Japan, Yasukuni Shrine

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