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Japan can teach Australia how to carefully handle China

Scott Morrison needs to study Shinzo Abe's resolve

| Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
Morrison values Abe as someone who has managed how to steer a course between an unstable America and an assertive China.   © Reuters

In search of a role model in foreign policy after coming to office last year, Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister, has found himself looking north, to Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

At first blush, Japan seems like an unlikely source of diplomatic inspiration. After all, Sino-Japanese relations have always been conducted in the shadow of their wartime history, a legacy that Australia does not carry with China.

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