US election: Washington will need Japan more than before amid China tensions, Suga adviser says

US election: Washington will need Japan more than before amid China tensions, Suga adviser says

Friction between the US and China means Washington will need Japan more than before, regardless of who wins the presidential election, according to a foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

“US relations with Japan and East Asian policies are likely to become relatively more important” as China becomes more powerful, former diplomat Kunihiko Miyake said on Thursday, while the US election result remained unclear.

Tension between China and the US won’t dissipate under a new president, because both Democrats and Republicans are in agreement that China is the main strategic rival for the US, Miyake added.

Suga must tread a fine line with Japan’s only formal military ally, the US, and its biggest trade partner, China.