On Geopolitics

Japan's Relationship With China Evokes Cold War Memories

Evan Rees
Asia-Pacific Analyst, Stratfor
Oct 25, 2018 | 05:30 GMT
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a bilateral meeting in Russia during the 2018 Eastern Economic Forum.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a bilateral meeting in Russia during the 2018 Eastern Economic Forum. U.S. trade pressure on China and Japan is driving the two together to defend the liberal economic order from which they have immensely benefited.

(JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

"Red or white, China remains our next-door neighbor. Geography and economic laws will, I believe, prevail in the long run over any ideological differences or artificial trade barriers." Former Japanese Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida spoke those hopeful words while in office in January 1951, as the Cold War was beginning in...

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