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Japan is standing up to China: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. Japan taking on China in Africa

Japan has appeared to see the opportunity in investing in Africa and has followed China’s example, possibly challenging them. The extent of this will officially be seen at the end of August when Japan will host the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama. The conference is the catalyst for Japan’s development efforts on the continent and is co-organised with a number of international partners, including the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, and the African Union Commission. It remains to be seen how China will respond, but their interests in Africa could feel to be threatened.

2. Will Japan help the US in closing its missile gap with China?

Japan could also help the US in its military challenge to China, as the US has said it would turn to Japan for support. “Instead of a Eurocentric perspective on INF that seeks to prioritise Europe’s strategic stability, we need to view this in a way that also acknowledges the shifting conventional military balance in Asia,” said Eric Sayers, a former special assistant to then-Adm. Harry Harris, former chief of the U.S. Pacific Command. Should Japan abide, it would be a clear sign of standing up to China and would increase tensions in the region.

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