Source: Josh Hammer

In January, I joined a quasi-diplomatic mission, organized by the American Jewish Committee, to Japan. The mission was sponsored by the Japanese government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, over the course of our eight days in Japan, we met with various high-ranking diplomatic officials from each of the American, Japanese, and Israeli governments. The common theme of the trip was a joint understanding, especially from the perspectives of the U.S. and Japan, that China represents the most acutely distressing geopolitical threat of the 21st century. American and Japanese officials frequently discussed the need to partner, in unison with other allied regional actors such as South Korea, to deter and repel Chinese military, political, and economic ambitions.

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