Beijing Expects Japan’s Next PM to Be Conciliatory Amid US-China Tensions

By Kyodo News 9 September 2020

TOKYO—China expects Japan’s likely next prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, to make conciliatory gestures to the communist-led government as Beijing’s economic and security tensions with the US continue to escalate, diplomatic sources said.

Suga, the front-runner in the race to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, may seize a chance to win the ruling party’s presidential election with the backing of its powerful Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai, known for his close relations with China.

Moreover, given that the outgoing longest-serving prime minister has made efforts to improve ties with Beijing, China hopes Suga, who has worked as chief Cabinet secretary since Abe returned to power in December 2012, would follow suit, the sources said.

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