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A map showing overlapping air defense zones of China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea

Shinzo Abe’s successors to face a nasty test of wills in the East China Sea

The Chinese craft intrusions in the territorial waters and airspace of Japan’s Senkaku Islands put Tokyo in a quandary. It has worked hard to have good relations with Beijing. The question marks over the reliability of Washington’s support for U.S. Asian allies further complicates the Japanese position.

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