New Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga faces a difficult task in replicating the diplomatic balancing act of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe. Photo: Kyodo New Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga faces a difficult task in replicating the diplomatic balancing act of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe. Photo: Kyodo
New Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga faces a difficult task in replicating the diplomatic balancing act of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe. Photo: Kyodo
Minxin Pei
Opinion

Opinion

Minxin Pei

Why Yoshihide Suga will struggle to sustain Japan’s balance between China and the US

  • Japan’s new prime minister will find it difficult to avoid taking sides in the intensifying US-China conflict and jeopardising his nation’s economy or national defence
  • The competing interests illustrate the plight of a country squeezed between two duelling geopolitical giants and the scale of Suga’s diplomatic challenge

New Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga faces a difficult task in replicating the diplomatic balancing act of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe. Photo: Kyodo New Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga faces a difficult task in replicating the diplomatic balancing act of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe. Photo: Kyodo
New Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga faces a difficult task in replicating the diplomatic balancing act of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe. Photo: Kyodo
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