Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (second from left) visit a Toyota Motor factory in Tomakomai, Japan, on May 11, 2018. Photo: Kyodo Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (second from left) visit a Toyota Motor factory in Tomakomai, Japan, on May 11, 2018. Photo: Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (second from left) visit a Toyota Motor factory in Tomakomai, Japan, on May 11, 2018. Photo: Kyodo
Rupakjyoti Borah
Opinion

Opinion

Rupakjyoti Borah

How the coronavirus pandemic could cool China-Japan ties as the US takes a hardline stance

  • Japan’s announcement of funding for companies that shift production lines back home marks a step away from its earlier strategy of trying to improve relations with China
  • Instead, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to be anticipating a world in which Japan’s biggest ally, the US, will come down hard on China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (second from left) visit a Toyota Motor factory in Tomakomai, Japan, on May 11, 2018. Photo: Kyodo Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (second from left) visit a Toyota Motor factory in Tomakomai, Japan, on May 11, 2018. Photo: Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (second from left) visit a Toyota Motor factory in Tomakomai, Japan, on May 11, 2018. Photo: Kyodo
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