What cards can Japan play in Abe-Trump summit?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to meet US President Donald Trump in Florida in a week's time.

The stakes are high for Mr Abe and Japan, caught between Mr Trump's famously transactional view of foreign relations and the rapidly shifting geopolitical dynamics in North-east Asia, in particular the looming summit between the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and an increasingly powerful and assertive China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2018, with the headline 'What cards can Japan play in Abe-Trump summit?'. Print Edition | Subscribe