Japan’s China Policy — Engagement, but for How Long?
The “carrot and stick” approach between Japan and China may work for now, but Japan’s strategists must not delay in formulating a longer-term vision for Japan’s relationship with China. The difficult strategic decisions facing Tokyo cannot forever be postponed. China’s economic growth and military modernization continue at full speed, with little sign of a dramatic slowdown. Japan needs to pursue a careful balance, through which stable and mutually beneficial relationships are maintained with both Beijing and Washington.