Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) greets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the start of their talks in Osaka, Japan, on June 27, 2019, ahead of a G20 summit. Photo: AFP
Anthony Rowley
Opinion

Opinion

Macroscope by Anthony Rowley

Thawing China-Japan relations may have hit a cold front with latest World Trade Organisation move

  • As the two countries prepare for the Chinese president’s first state visit to Japan, their slowing economies should motivate greater cooperation
  • However, Japan teaming up with the US and EU to push for WTO rules that strike at the heart of China’s economic model presents a challenge to closer ties
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) greets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the start of their talks in Osaka, Japan, on June 27, 2019, ahead of a G20 summit. Photo: AFP
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