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US-China tensions make Japan's balancing act even harder

Tokyo has to improve ties with Beijing without angering Washington

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, is flanked by U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. and China have entered a long tunnel of conflict, while Japan and China are in transition from a long winter to spring. Japan and the U.S. have rarely moved in such opposite directions in their relations with China. Close attention should be paid to the effects this situation will have.

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