James Brooke: Hot trade and chilly politics are on Chinese-Japanese seesaw

From The International Herald Tribune:

Just as ’s state agency was berating for its “wild behavior” in joining the to express their “common strategic objectives” in , the news came that with China jumped 27 percent last year, hitting a high of $168 billion.

The coincidence, which came on Monday, was only the latest example of a troubling dynamic in the countries’ relations: white hot economics and deep-freeze politics.

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