Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hand with China's President Xi Jinping in 2019. Japan’s strained relations with China may lead it to enhance engagement and cooperation with Asean members. Photo: AP Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hand with China's President Xi Jinping in 2019. Japan’s strained relations with China may lead it to enhance engagement and cooperation with Asean members. Photo: AP
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hand with China's President Xi Jinping in 2019. Japan’s strained relations with China may lead it to enhance engagement and cooperation with Asean members. Photo: AP
David Arase
Opinion

Opinion

David Arase

The coronavirus has complicated China-Japan relations. How will this benefit Asean?

  • China’s coronavirus lockdown disrupted trade with Japan, while issues like the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands, Hong Kong and South China Sea affected relations
  • Japan’s post-pandemic foreign policy outlook may create new opportunities for Asean-Japan cooperation

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hand with China's President Xi Jinping in 2019. Japan’s strained relations with China may lead it to enhance engagement and cooperation with Asean members. Photo: AP Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hand with China's President Xi Jinping in 2019. Japan’s strained relations with China may lead it to enhance engagement and cooperation with Asean members. Photo: AP
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hand with China's President Xi Jinping in 2019. Japan’s strained relations with China may lead it to enhance engagement and cooperation with Asean members. Photo: AP
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David Arase

David Arase

David Arase is a resident professor of international politics with the Hopkins Nanjing Centre for Chinese and American Studies at Nanjing University in China