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Taking sides -- US or China

As Washington and Beijing expand trade conflict, Tokyo and other capitals must choose

| China

The deterioration of the U.S.-China relationship has now gone far beyond what we can call a trade war. U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration have expanded the rivalry from an economic battle to all-out confrontation with Beijing over military and even ideological fields.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's speech on Oct. 4 about China reminded me of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech. While I have long thought that serious confrontation between Washington and Beijing was unavoidable, I am frankly surprised that it reached this point so swiftly.

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