As Japan’s Suga bows out, Chinese hopes of a reset rise with Kishida. But will the ‘dove’ deliver?

Published Oct 04 2021 at 12:00 PM GMT
  • When Yoshihide Suga was elected prime minister of Japan a year ago, China was quick to voice hope that it represented an opportunity for the Asian arch rivals to mend ties.
  • And Chinese leader Xi Jinping reached out to convey the message, in a phone call less than 10 days after Suga took office.
  • But it soon appeared that Suga, the right-hand man of his predecessor and strongman Shinzo Abe, had other priorities to tend to – effectively preferring Washington over Beijing.



  • Published Oct 4, 2021 12:00 PM GMT