"For Beijing, a main payoff from the visit to Seoul, aside from sending a not so subtle message to Pyongyang, will lie in securing Seoul's cooperation with Beijing in criticizing Japan. There is no doubt that by visiting Yasukuni Shrine last December, Prime Minister Abe has stirred up public outrage and distrust over Japan's future intentions in both South Korea and China," writes CFR's Scott Snyder.
"The North seems to still believe, based on logic that is clear only to those residing in Pyongyang, that China needs the North more than it needs China, and that while China will send signals of its annoyance from time to time, at the end of the day it will not pull the plug and take Pyongyang off of life support; any pain Pyongyang may experience will be temporary," writes Ralph Cossa in the Guardian.
"Regionally Japan must also tread carefully, especially toward South Korea. Seoul reacted cautiously Tuesday, emphasizing that Japan would not be allowed to participate in collective defense on the Korean Peninsula without an invitation. Koreans' painful memories of Japanese colonial rule mean that this is unlikely in the foreseeable future," writes the Wall Street Journal in an editorial.
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