Shinzo Abe's Diplomatic Balancing Act

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is in Europe this week, holding discussions with European leaders in advance of the G7 summit, which Japan is hosting at the end of this month. Tightening Japan’s ties with Western states has long been a key part of Abe’s foreign policy. By visiting Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, and the U.K., he hopes to broaden the scope of Tokyo’s partnerships and make Japan the Asian political and security partner of choice for European nations.The last time...

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