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How Japan's Suga can build an alliance to counter China

The strengths and weaknesses of the Quad

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The Quad ministerial meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 6: becoming an alliance with reciprocal obligations is much further down the line.   © Reuters

Kiyoteru Tsutsui is Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi professor and senior fellow in Japanese Studies at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and professor of sociology, all at Stanford University.

If his recent diplomatic contacts are any indication, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is off to an auspicious start in managing Japan's two most important relationships: the U.S. and China.

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