TOKYO — Autumn is here. But even as temperatures cool in much of the Northern Hemisphere, a different change is afoot in geopolitics.
Sino-American relations are showing signs of life again after a long deep freeze. Not a full-blown warming, but stepped-up diplomatic maneuvering to gain the upper hand.
In trade, China filed its membership application for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership on Sept. 16 — hours after Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. announced the so-called AUKUS security framework as part of efforts to deter Beijing.
Less than a week later, Taiwan announced that it had applied to join the CPTPP, putting the 11-member trade deal at the center of the geopolitical tug of war.
The U.S., Japan, Australia and India held the first in-person Quad summit at the White House late last week, bolstering the group’s cooperation on vaccine distribution, 5G development, supply chains and space — all with the aim of…