Natural partners? Europe, Japan and security in the Indo-Pacific



Luis Simón and Ulrich Speck | Elcano Royal Institute


Europeans and Japanese are often described as ‘natural’ partners. As liberal democracies, market economies and close allies of the US, they have similar world views and share many interests. They also have a long history of cooperation, whose foundations go back to Japan’s embracing of modernisation and industrialisation in the late 19th century along European lines.


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