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Japan in foreign policy balancing act as it looks to work with China

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday wrapped up his three-day visit to Beijing, the first by a Japanese premier in seven years. The Sunday Times looks at the significance of the trip, seen as the start of a new chapter in bilateral ties.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing last Friday. Mr Abe is due to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing last Friday. Mr Abe is due to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.PHOTO: REUTERS

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, fresh off a convivial visit to Beijing, will welcome his Indian counterpart, Mr Narendra Modi, today.

Mr Abe will seek to bolster cooperation with India on his vaunted Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy (Foips). The fact that Foips is to keep in check Chinese maritime assertiveness is an open secret.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 28, 2018, with the headline 'Japan in foreign policy balancing act as it looks to work with China'. Subscribe