Japan/Burma Deal Threatens to Make Beijing a Third Wheel
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  • Anthony

    Perhaps what is actually playing out in real time is Burma naturally engaging its ASEAN neighbors – Japan is in neighborhood and its economy needs growth….

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    “These are the kinds of moves that makes Beijing feel increasingly encircled.”

    Beijing has only itself to blame if it feels encircled, it threatens all of its neighbors and they are simply taking steps to defend themselves.

  • Kris

    To continue [email protected]’s point, China is not the only Asian country with very bad memories of Imperial Japan. What does it say that these countries are choosing to align themselves with Japan? (Answer: That their very self-interest has been overwhelmed by a senseless anti-Chinese animus. [/sarc])

  • Kris

    “These are the kinds of moves that makes Beijing feel increasingly encircled.”

    Well duh! They’re the Middle Kingdom, no?

  • This decision, however, is notable for its geopolitical, not economic, significance, and for its potential to re-balance the East Asian power structure.

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