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Something has changed in the great power rivalry between China and Japan

The tectonic plates of geopolitics have shifted in response to the Trump presidency

By David Warren  

Shinzo Abe and Xi Jinping. Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/DPA/PA Images

Four years ago, when we were marking the centenary of First World War and were looking for parallels in our own time, it was suddenly fashionable to see China and Japan as the 21stcentury’s equivalent of Germany and Britain—a rising and a declining power whose relations were soured by bitter, unresolved history and economic rivalries, and who might slip inexorably into conflict because of the “Thucydides trap.” The tensions preventing two economic super-powers co-existing peacefully in the Asia-Pacific region…

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