torsdag 16. november 2017

Seeing U.S. in Retreat Under Trump, Japan and China Move to Mend Ties

When Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, met with President Xi Jinping of China on the sidelines of a regional summit meeting in Vietnam over the weekend, the pair shook hands and posed for a photo. Mr. Xi, who had looked more dour in previous meetings, flashed a grin. It was a sign, the Japanese news media suggested, of warming relations between the two longtime adversaries.

With President Trump creating unease among allies about the role the United States will take in the region, Japan and China are inching toward a possible rapprochement as they recognize the shifting dynamics around the Pacific Rim.