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The China-U.S.-Japan Relations in the New Era: New Situation, New Issues and New Opportunities

January 12 , 2021 08:08 PM by YANG Bojiang

[Author] YANG Bojiang, Director of Institute of Japanese Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

[Abstract] Profound changes have taken place in China-U.S.-Japan triangle since the time around the year of 2012, with China’s rise and the expansion of its influence as a major and independent variable promoting changes in Asia-Pacific region, the adjustment and further implementation of U.S “pivot in Asia Pacific”, as well as Japan’s newly emerging strategic initiatives. Since 2017, changes of both the Sino-U.S. relations, in the context of the recovery of Sino-Japanese relations, and the Sino-Japanese relations, in the context of rising China-U.S. trade friction, have intertwined and interacted with each other, producing a new and complicated concept of “triangle”. The China-U.S.-Japan triangle has entered a new stage of strategic activeness. The recovery of Sino-Japanese relations has expanded strategic space for both sides and relaxed the unbalancing situation within the triangle, demanding a more multilateral perspective of China's diplomacy and providing a new opportunity for China to gain advantage in regional and multilateral gaming, throughout deepening the understanding of logics relating to great powers and neighboring countries and well balancing the China-U.S.-Japan triangle and other external variables.