Japan's prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda with key ally US president, Barack Obama (photo:dpa)

Japan’s defence: Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda builds a trilateral security policy

A trilateral security policy involving China, India and the United States is being built by Japan’s prime minister in his first experience of international relations. He has opened talks on defence and economics with all three powers and taken big steps to maintain peace in South East Asia.

THE year 2012 is the year of the dragon in the Sino-Japanese cycle of annual zodiac signs.

The dragon is the only fictitious character in the lineup of 12 creatures making up the cycle. Its presence is a must in all East-Asian tales of fantasy and science fiction and it symbolises the common cultural ground between Japan and China.

Sino-Japanese relat...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
The talks between Japan and China were upbeat and non-confrontational. The two countries agreed to work together to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula
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