AP Initiative Research Associate Harry Dempsey wrote an op-ed, “Will Trump snap Japan’s tenuous tightrope?” for East Asia Forum, published on January 20, 2017.
In this article, Mr. Dempsey explains Japan’s recent attempts to diversify its foreign policy and sets out two big challenges for Japan’s international relations on the horizon in 2018. He suggests that unilateral actions on trade or North Korea by the United States could put Japan into an uncomfortable position. He argues that action on trade directed towards China by the US would challenge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempts to stabilize relations with China and regarding North Korea, Japan should do more to set the entry conditions and purpose for dialogue.
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