Is China the Reason Behind Japan’s Push for S. Korean Ties?
|Possible partners against rising China? (source: World Security Network)|
Charlie Reed at the Stars and Stripes quotes Denny Roy of the East-West Center in Hawaii as saying:
Certainly, regardless of what motives are behind the Japanese push for better ties, China will interpret it as US-directed encirclement. That would no doubt accelerate Chinese military development and give the Chinese a sense of urgency.
The US has to tread a delicate line between hedging against and placating China’s ambitions and Japan will play an important role in maintaining that balance. That will require a lot of foreign policy savvy on the Japanese side, something that was in short supply in 2010.