US, Japan to crank up cooperation vis-a-vis China – Asia Times

During the previous Cold War a number of Soviet Union experts, then known as Kremlinologists, would look for clues as to who was actually running the show in the USSR.  

One of the techniques was to see who stood on the Kremlin wall above the Lenin Mausoleum and where they were positioned. From this, the “experts” would deduce who was rising in the Communist hierarchy, who was losing ground and who wasn’t even there.

There are occasions when reading diplomatic documents where similar techniques are needed to make sense of the words put on paper. On January 7, a “two plus two” high-level meeting of foreign and defense ministers was held between Japan and the United States. 


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