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The danger of Abe's Trumpian turn against South Korea

By clamping down on chip material exports, Japan weakens global defense of free trade

| Japan
Abe's duplicitous approach -- free-trader extraordinaire one day, anti-Korean crusader the next -- is jarring.

Shinzo Abe clearly has been spending too much time with Donald Trump.

In Osaka last weekend, Japan's Prime Minister Abe assumed the role of adult in the room. He cajoled Group of 20 leaders to reaffirm their faith in markets, free trade and the brand of economic cooperation that served Asia well for decades. A welcome counterpoint to the mercantilism propagated by the U.S. president which is slamming global supply chains and economic growth.

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