07 Aug '16, 9pm

Japan's Chinese dilemma - The Straits Times

Japan's Chinese dilemma - The Straits Times

LONDON • Fresh from his fourth straight national election victory, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now enjoys the most solid political backing of any leader in his country's post-war history; his party dominates both Houses of Parliament, opposition parties are in complete disarray, and no other politician enjoys a higher personal approval rating than him. So it was predictable that, with the electoral hurdles safely behind him, Mr Abe should turn his attention to the one topic which, after the economy, he cares most about: that of fixing Japan's military and amending its security posture. In quick order, Tokyo issued a new defence White Paper which identifies the "growing assertiveness" of China as Japan's most serious challenge. Mr Abe also appointed a hard-line lawmaker famous for her revisionist views of Japan's wartime actions as his new defence minister. And if th...

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