The delicate Abe-Obama balancing act

Heading into the APEC summit in Beijing next week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ambitions are not all aligned with those of President Barack Obama.

Wall Street Journal 

This city, like other capitals around the world, watched this week as U.S. President Barack Obama suffered major Democratic Party losses at the polls. The result -- a “weakened” U.S. government, as some Japanese media are labelling it -- will deepen the perception that US allies must do more on their own to help maintain stability in Asia.

Next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing will thus carry more importance than most such gatherings. It will be the first time that America’s lame-duck president meets his counterparts.


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