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We ignore China and Japan’s toxic rivalry at our peril

According to two new books, a crunch point could come soon. Neither gives much cheer to western complacency

By Rana Mitter   September 2017

Battle hymn: a military choir in Beijing celebrates 70 years since victory over Japan. Photo: Greg Baker/Getty Images, Jan Versweyveld

Asia’s reckoning: China, Japan, the US and the Struggle for Global Power by Richard McGregor (Allen Lane, £20)

The End of the Asian Century: War Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Michael R Auslin (Yale, £20) 

If you want to see a great disappearing trick, just try looking for Asia coverage in a major American or British newspaper. A region that is home to…

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