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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:41 AM

BREMMER: The Japan-China Crisis Is The Most Significant Geopolitical Tension In The World


Blodget: Whatís going to happen with China and Japan?

Bremmer: The big problem is that the relationship, the balance of power between these two countries, has changed and is changing dramaticallyóand really, very strongly not in Japanís favor.

From a security perspective, a political perspective, an economic perspective, this is just creating big, big problems for the Japanese. And now they finally have a leader that has a good shot at staying around for a while. He has a moreónot just nationalist inclinationóbut a more pro-democracy inclination. He was prime minister last time and people said he was more pragmatic, but if you met with him, he talked about wanting to create a league of democracies in Asia [and] orienting much more towards India and Australia and New Zealand. He was Mr. Pivot before pivoting was fashionable, right?

Now he comes into a context where the U.S. is already acting in a way thatís concerned about a Chinese challenge in the region. Itís the single biggest strategic effort that the Obama administration has engaged in, from a foreign policy perspective.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/japan-china-crisis-is-a-huge-geopolitical-problem-2013-1#ixzz2Iu7MvLJl

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