Takashi Kitazume: ASEAN sees the brighter side of Japan-China leadership rivalry

From The Japan Times :

Southeast Asia sees China more as an opportunity than a threat, and the rivalry between Tokyo and Beijing for Asian leadership may be a welcome development if it keeps Japan engaged in the region, according to some panelists at the Keizai Koho Center symposium held Mar. 1.

China has taken the lead in offering, and concluding the initial phases of a free trade agreement with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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