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President Xi’s Second Term: Prospects for Japan-China Relations

In March 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping started his second five-year term. Xi has established an unusually strong hold on power as China’s supreme leader, and the previous two-term limit on the presidency has been eliminated, meaning that he is eligible to stay at the helm even beyond 2023. In this series we consider the outlook for China’s international behavior and for Japan’s relations with its giant and increasingly assertive neighbor under Xi’s ongoing command.

The Belt and Road Initiative: Responding to Beijing’s Ambitious EndeavorKawashima Shin

China’s Belt and Road Initiative aims to promote infrastructure development over a broad area encompassing Eurasia and parts of Africa and the Pacific. It is a major element of President Xi Jinping’s drive to increase China’s international influence. How should Japan and the rest of the international community respond to this ambitious undertaking?

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