China's President Xi Jinping (R) with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 10, 2014 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meetings. Photo: Reuters
Anthony Rowley
Opinion

Opinion

Macroscope by Anthony Rowley

The great game of the Belt and Road is a global competition for resources, strategic reach and soft power diplomacy

  • The backstage sub plot - Tokyo is working on an alternative to BRI - is the bigger stumbling block to any Abe-Xi agreement
  • Prospect of Sino-Japan joint infrastructure projects in third-party countries appeared to offer way around dilemma, but is nevertheless a mine-strewn diversion

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China's President Xi Jinping (R) with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 10, 2014 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meetings. Photo: Reuters
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