And the Abe ad­min­is­tra­tion has worked to de­velop its strate­gic part­ner­ships be­yond the an­chor of the Ja­pan-US alliance ... While Ja­pan works to build an ex­clu­sive net­work, China’s ini­tia­tives are inclusive.

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He added that Ja­pan’s re­la­tion­ship with its big­gest neigh­bor, China, is vi­tal to the well-be­ing of many Ja­panese. “Yet, to im­prove Si­noJa­panese re­la­tions, Ja­pan must first an­chor its ties on the other side of the Pa­cific.”

The Quad, which looked like an Asian ver­sion of NATO, held some joint naval ex­er­cises in the Bay of Ben­gal. It dis­banded af­ter Aus­tralia, led by then prime min­is­ter Kevin Rudd, with­drew as it re­fused to be a pawn in what some termed as the new “Great Game”.

Ja­pan is al­ready in a tri­lat­eral alliance with the US and the Repub­lic of Korea. It has a tri­lat­eral strate­gic di­a­logue with the US and Aus­tralia and is also part of a three-way part­ner­ship with the US and In­dia.

Af­ter a strate­gic di­a­logue among Ja­pan, the US and Aus­tralia on Aug 6, the for­eign min­is­ters of the three coun­tries is­sued a joint state­ment on “the im­por­tance of up­hold­ing the rules-based or­der”, and called on all states to re­spect free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion and over­flight and other in­ter­na­tion­ally law­ful uses of the seas, say­ing they will con­tinue to fly, sail and op­er­ate wher­ever in­ter­na­tional law al­lows. And for the first time, they held joint sub­ma­rine drills in the wa­ters south of Ja­pan in Septem­ber.

De­spite all that, Ja­pan has been tak­ing part, along with the US and In­dia, in the an­nual Mal­abar mil­i­tary ex­er­cise since 2015.

Abe has been mo­bi­liz­ing Ja­pan’s eco­nomic and diplo­matic re­sources to make the coun­try a stronger player on the global stage. His ef­forts to re­vive the Quad will in­fuse dis­trust be­tween Ja­pan and China. And the Abe ad­min­is­tra­tion has worked to de­velop its strate­gic part­ner­ships be­yond the an­chor of the Ja­panUS alliance, forg­ing closer ties with like-minded gov­ern­ments in the Indo-Pa­cific re­gion and else­where.

From now on the Ja­pan-US alliance in ef­fect will act like a net­work, as Abe said in 2013, broad enough to en­sure safety and pros­per­ity en­com­pass­ing the two oceans (Pa­cific and In­dian). “The ties be­tween Ja­pan and Amer­ica’s other al­lies and part­ners will be­come more im­por­tant than ever be­fore for Ja­pan,” he said.

While Ja­pan works to build an ex­clu­sive net­work, China’s ini­tia­tives are inclusive.

As proof of China-pro­posed ini­tia­tives’ in­clu­siv­ity, Jin Liqun, pres­i­dent of Asian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank, said in an in­ter­view with the Nikkei Shim­bun on Tues­day that the AIIB re­mains open to Ja­pan and the US.

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