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Entente hostile: China, Japan and Korea

1 February 2020

9:00 AM

1 February 2020

9:00 AM

Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan Michael Booth

Jonathan Cape, pp.368, £14.99

The mutual animosity of the Far East Asian nations can strike some as baffling, given their shared history and cultures, though anyone who grew up in a large family will know what it’s like to fight for individual space. With China’s rise, some form of understanding or defence alliance between Japan and South Korea seems in the interests of both nations, given Xi Jinping’s aggressive expansionism in the South China Sea and clear intent to exchange infrastructure for diplomatic support through his signature Belt and Road policy.

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