Why Australia's relationship with Japan infuriates China

Beijing is demonising Japan for strategic reasons, but the Abbott government refuses to play ball.

The week began with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi firing an opening shot at the Abbott government by declaring that his country “may not be Australia’s closest friend at the moment” but argued that China “is surely Australia’s most sincere friend”. These comments are clearly a belated riposte to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s declaration late last year that Japan was Australia’s “best friend” in Asia.

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