AP Initiative Chairman Yoichi Funabashi wrote an op-ed, “Japan must ponder the risks of closer ties with China” for The Washington Post, published on October 27, 2018.
In this article, Dr. Funabashi analyzes the risks to Japan’s foreign policy after Prime Minister Abe’s head of state summit with President Xi Jinping of China on Friday last week. Confrontation or collusion between the U.S. and China is identified as the largest risk faced by Japan. However, he ends by concluding that Japan-China relations could only have reached this stage of normalization in virtue of the fact that Japan under the Abe government has strengthened the U.S. alliance and that the Abe government is fully aware of the strategic challenges it faces from China.
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