China and Japan Want to be Better Friends ⛩️

 Kyodo News / AP

Kyodo News / AP

Improving relations

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited China for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first such visit by a Japanese head of state in nearly seven years. China is Japan’s largest trading partner and is seeking to offer itself as a more stable alternative to the US while shoring up its position in it’s ongoing trade war with the US.

Why is this significant?

Back in 2013, Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which commemorates Japan’s fallen soldiers, including 14 Class “A” convicted war criminals, some of whom led the brutal Nanking Massacre in China during WWII. China strongly protested Abe’s visit to the Shrine and led to the boycott and burning of Japanese businesses in China.


LEANING LEFT:

CNBC: Japan's Abe will meet China's Xi — under the shadow of Trump

CNN: Donald Trump's unconventional diplomacy is pushing China and Japan closer together


The left 
blames President Trump for Japan and China cozying up to each other. They mention "Trump" in their headlines, typically with negative words such as “shadow” and “unconventional.” These articles cast further blame on Trump by asserting that he has thrown into doubt US security guarantees for Japan, necessitating Japan’s warming to China. 

LEANING RIGHT:

Breitbart: Japan’s Abe meets Chinese premier as relations thaw

Fox News: Abe's Beijing visit underscores warming China-Japan ties



The right 
avoids mentioning the ongoing trade tensions with China in their titles nor do they mention Trump by name until well-into their coverage. When mentioning Trump, they acknowledge that China and Japan are being brought together “by economic necessity brought about partly by [Trump’s] punitive tariffs.” The key journalistic difference is that the right sees Trump as partly to thank/blame; whereas, the left pin it all on him.


Should the US be concerned?

Yes and no. Yes, because Trump's aggressive stance on trade has opened the door for China to influence a neighbor in a way not thought possible just a few years ago. No, because the tensions between China and Japan run deep, and while these two countries might see it mutually beneficial to get along on trade topics, their political, cultural and historic tensions still stand in the way of them becoming BFFs.

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