For Japan, China is both its largest trading partner and its greatest strategic threat. And while Tokyo has garnered admiration for how it walks the line between its ally Washington and Beijing, it’s now set to draw up a new defence strategy with China likely top of mind. So what has the Xi Jinping era meant for bilateral ties? And how much of the shared history between China and Japan remains a factor today? Richard McGregor, veteran journalist on East Asia and Lowy Institute senior fellow, joins presenter Ali Moore to ask what China and Japan really want from one another.
An Asia Institute podcast. Produced and edited by profactual.com. Music by audionautix.com. Transcript here.
Main image: Richard McGregor.
Listing image: Fumio Kishida in 2016, as then Foreign Minister of Japan. Credit: IAEA Imagebank/Flickr.