January 8, 2014

Abe and Xi: Birds of a Feather

Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

Bilateral relations between China and Japan are at an all-time low after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in late December, a month after China declared a controversial Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea. A year prior, each country saw a new leader rise to the fore – Abe was elected Prime Minister in December 2012, and Xi Jinping was formally inaugurated as General Secretary of the CCP in November 2012. While the two might not agree on anything, their political personalities and histories seem awfully similar.

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