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What to Expect in China-Japan Ties With Kishida in Power

Commentary Fumio Kishida was recently elected as the 100th prime minister of Japan after winning the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership election and succeeding Yoshihide Suga. With the change in Tokyo’s leadership in short succession from Abe to Suga and now Kishida, Japan’s neighbors—especially China—are assessing the situation. Beijing is concerned that Kishida is a hardliner in promoting and securing Japan’s interests. Even before Kishida came to power, Beijing has expressed its willingness to work with the new Japanese administration to “deepen practical cooperation in various fields and push for the sound and steady development of China-Japan relations toward the right track,” according to Chinese state-run media Global Times. By making the first phone call to his new Japanese counterpart, Chinese leader Xi Jinping further made Beijing’s intentions clear by citing that “benevolence and good-neighborliness are of great value to a country.” While the leaders agreed to seek “constructive and …

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