Can Shinzo Abe Fix China’s Islands Dispute?
Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, visited the US last week with the message that Japan is looking to strengthen its foreign policy both with the US and in the Asia-Pacific region. Abe’s visit and his comments were met with heated debate on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. Since September 2012, the conflict between Japan and China has escalated over a set of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea—called the Senkaku or Diaoyu Islands by the respective countries. What affect will Abe’s US visit have on the islands dispute? And what will Abe’s pointed comments about the Chinese Communist Party’s rule mean for relations between China, Japan, and the US?