Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

Landmark year for China-Japan ties turns sour as Beijing and Washington clash

  • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is now deflecting collateral damage at home as US-China relations hit a new low over coronavirus, trade and Hong Kong
  • China has so far taken a markedly softer line on Japan than against the US, avoiding the need to confront both at once

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP
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