While China and the United States continue to seek trade advantages over each other, developments in Japan give every sign of greatly complicating Beijing’s political-economic calculations.
Tokyo’s increased defense spending and efforts to give its armed forces more latitude to maneuver complicate Beijing’s military and economic challenges at an especially difficult time.
Though Japan claims to continue adherence to the pacifist constitution it adopted at the end of the Second World War in 1945, it has clearly decided to engage in radical reinterpretations. Japan has decided to increase its defense spending for 2023–2027 and, in the last year, increased military outlays by some 16 percent to the equivalent of about $56 billion….
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