The shocking assassination of Shinzo Abe, the former Prime Minister of Japan is sending geopolitical shockwaves around the world.
Despite being a former Prime Minister, Abe still held tremendous influence on the current Japanese government. He was hailed as a strong leader who established Japan as a bulwark against Chinese expansion, while becoming close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The geopolitical outcome to Abe’s murder is not clear except for the fact that China will certainly benefit in that the West has lost an Eastern ally of serious proportions.
Chinese expansionist policies will speed up – with a focus on taking over Taiwan as well as complete its take over of the South China Sea.
Just days before Abe’s assassination, Japan spotted Chinese and Russian warships near the disputed East China Sea islands. The area is called the “contiguous zone” and lies just outside of Japan’s territorial waters. China claims the area.
Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara said: “The Senkaku islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory historically and under international law. The government will deal with the matter calmly but firmly to protect the Japanese land, territorial waters and air space.”
With Abe now out of the way, these sorts of forays will become more and more common as well as an increasing potential that China will attack Taiwan.
With China and Russia now on the rise and the US embroiled in what appears to be an ever increasing level of domestic chaos, Israel finds itself more and more isolated. Abe was known as a staunch Israeli ally and without him, Israel will have a harder time enacting any meaningful influential policy in the East, especially when it has to do with containing Iran and China.