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Japan may adopt a tougher line on ties with China

China's growing assertiveness in the region, which has shown no signs of abating even during the Covid-19 pandemic, may prompt Japan to raise its guard and re-evaluate the recent improvement in ties with its neighbour, analysts here say.

Already, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has urged the government to scrap a planned state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping - postponed due to the pandemic - as Beijing tightens its tentacles on Hong Kong with a new security law.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2020, with the headline 'Japan may adopt a tougher line on ties with China'. Print Edition | Subscribe