It is obvious that Japan is trying to win as many friends as
possible to counter, and perhaps isolate China, analysts say.
“Japan’s actions are understandable, since all claimant
countries suffer from Chinese assertiveness,” said Yun Sun, a China security
policy expert with the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank.
“But then certainly, such ‘alignment’ of positions is
perceived as hostility by China.”
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