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PacNet #31 – Xi and Abe on the Brink: Can the US Help Avert Armed Conflict?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chose a particularly bad time to revive the specter of historical revisionism at home. Abe’s statements and the Yasakuni Shrine visit by 168 Japanese politicians risk harming relations with Washington – and Seoul – precisely when Tokyo needs strong backing from the United States to avoid an incident that China is doing much to provoke.