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Rivalry between Japan and China has recently been veiled under multilateral initiatives.   © Reuters
Looking ahead 2018

2018 to see growing China-Japan economic rivalry in Asia

As Trump pulls back Tokyo will step up -- and conflict more with Beijing

| China

The "proxy war" waged between China and Japan for economic and strategic influence in Asia is likely to be stepped up in the New Year. It is a conflict hidden temporarily from general view behind a screen of neutral-sounding regional initiatives. But it will eventually come out into the open and draw in most other Asian nations, and many beyond, not least the U.S.

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