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PM hope­ful says may need help:

Ja­panese prime min­is­ter hope­ful Yoshi­hide Suga said Satur­day that he lacks the kind of diplo­matic skills that out­go­ing leader Shinzo Abe has, in­clud­ing Abe’s per­sonal friend­ship with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, and that he will need his as­sis­tance if he as­sumes the top job.

Abe in late Au­gust an­nounced his in­ten­tion to step down as prime min­is­ter due to health prob­lems. He has led Ja­pan since he re­turned to power in De­cem­ber 2012 for a sec­ond stint as prime min­is­ter.

Suga, the chief Cabi­net sec­re­tary, is ex­pected to win Mon­day’s party elec­tion and then be en­dorsed in a par­lia­men­tary vote on Wed­nes­day be­cause of the ma­jor­ity held by the rul­ing bloc.

Abe has trav­eled to 80 overseas desti­na­tions dur­ing his ten­ure, bring­ing sta­bil­ity and con­sis­tency to Ja­panese diplo­macy and rais­ing the coun­try’s pro­file in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, ex­perts say. He was noted es­pe­cially for de­vel­op­ing a per­sonal friend­ship with Trump. (AP)

❑❑❑ China an­nounces new re­stric­tions:

China has an­nounced new re­stric­tions on the ac­tiv­i­ties of U.S. diplo­mats work­ing in main­land China and Hong Kong, in what it called a jus­ti­fied re­sponse to sim­i­lar mea­sures im­posed on Chi­nese diplo­mats in the U.S. last year.

In a state­ment posted on­line late Fri­day, a for­eign min­istry spokesper­son said the rules would ap­ply to se­nior diplo­mats and all other per­son­nel at the U.S. Em­bassy in Bei­jing and con­sulates through­out China.

How­ever, the spokesper­son said that China sup­ported “nor­mal ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween all sec­tors of the two coun­tries,” and that the re­stric­tions could be lifted if the U.S. were to re­voke the mea­sures it im­posed last Oc­to­ber. (AP)

❑❑❑ Abe seeks pre-emp­tive strike:

Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe said Fri­day that Ja­pan should make a ma­jor change to its de­fense pol­icy by de­vel­op­ing a first-strike ca­pa­bil­ity on en­emy bases to de­fend against im­mi­nent at­tacks amid ris­ing mis­sile and nu­clear threats in the re­gion.

Abe, who is step­ping down next week for health rea­sons, said the abil­ity to in­ter­cept mis­siles af­ter they are launched may not be enough and Ja­pan should seek greater de­ter­rence. He said the new gov­ern­ment will com­pile a re­vised de­fense pol­icy by the end of the year. (AP)

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