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China distrusts Japan. It's convinced, for one thing, that Tokyo will start another war. As each seeks to put Southeast Asia in its back pocket for geopolitical as well as economic gain, Japanese Prim


Forbes contributor Ralph Jennings, on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Philippines. He says that Japan and China are competing to win over the Philippines whose president is pushing away former colonizer and military benefactor the United States in favor of America’s geopolitical rival China.

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Someone forgot to tell the approximately 10,000,000 Chinese who visit Japan every year.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first head of state anywhere to visit the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Issues of Abe's tolerance for toxicity (Duterte, Mugabe, Rumsfeld etc.) aside, didn't Duterte go to Beijing before Tokyo?

Who's zoomin' who?

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Headline and news.To me it seems five six different headlines of as many news.

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They may well, but not nearly as much as the rest of the region distrusts China, I'm willing to bet.

You cannot, with any degree of seriousness, suggest that Japan are undertaking action to warrant distrust in the region, whilst China build islands in disputed territory, send their fishing fleets into disputed territory and sail their 3rd rate Aircraft carrier directly through Japanese waters. Not to mention all the other bullying in the region.

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This quote shows how misleading it is to speak of entire nation (over a billion people) as a singular. It's meaningless unless he specifies who actually believes Japan wants to start a war. There are certainly people in China who believe that, but it doesn't reflect the whole government, much less the whole country.

And with the sudden power shift in the Philippines away from the US and toward China, Abe would have been remiss if he just ignored it. "Tolerance for toxicity" is pretty standard in world politics. All nations have some unsavory bedfellows, not least the USA.

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It's convinced, for one thing, that Tokyo will start another war

Surely not even China is this stupid

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