Japanese foreign policy.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s energetic effort to raise Japan’s global diplomatic profile and cultivate new foreign partners has little to show for it besides a limited improvement in relations with China.
- China-Japan rapprochement may prove an axis of convenience that is short-lived; substantive cooperation will probably be minimal.
- No resolution is in sight for the worsening confrontation with South Korea in which both sides have imposed export controls.
- Declarations of any imminent breakthrough in Japan-Russia relations should be treated sceptically.