A Japanese helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of the Izumo. Photo: AP

Japan indicates China is bigger threat than North Korea in latest defence review

  • For the first time, Japan’s Defence White Paper had a section on China right after the US, pushing North Korea into third position. Russia was fourth.
  • China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative was identified as an emerging strategic threat, with suggestions China could use this to push its army into the Indian and Pacific Oceans
Topic |   China-Japan relations

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A Japanese helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of the Izumo. Photo: AP
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Washington’s deal with Tokyo could put more pressure on officials trying to resolve the US-China trade war. Photo: Reuters

Will the United States’ trade deal with Japan make life more difficult for China?

  • Decision by Washington and Tokyo to remove barriers to each other’s goods could create a new obstacle for Beijing, observers say
  • China now keen to see if US-Japan deal contains the ‘poison provision’ that could derail its own free-trade plans
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Washington’s deal with Tokyo could put more pressure on officials trying to resolve the US-China trade war. Photo: Reuters
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