Why Yoshihide Suga Will Struggle to Sustain Japan’s Balance between China and the U.S.
Shinzo Abe’s unexpected resignation as Japanese prime minister last month for health reasons has raised many questions about the legacy of the country’s longest-serving premier. One is whether his successor, Yoshihide Suga, will be able to continue Abe’s geopolitical balancing act as tensions between China and the United States continue to escalate.
The U.S. and China are critical to Japan’s peace and prosperity. America is Japan’s security guarantor and second-largest trading partner, while China is its largest trading partner and a next-door neighbour. After Abe returned as prime minister in December 2012, he adroitly managed Japan’s relationships with both.