Sino-Japanese ties keep warming
Frosty relations with Japan have shown marked improvement in recent months.
The latest sign of warming came on Wednesday, when Xi Jinping met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladisvostok.
Xi was positive (Xinhua):
“'China-Japan relations have entered the right track and are facing an important opportunity for improvement,' Xi said.”Abe was similarly upbeat (Asahi Shimbun):“’The horizon for cooperation between Japan and China has widened as exchanges and dialogue over a large number of areas have become much more active…,’ Abe said.”Xi said the Belt and Road offers opportunities to deepen ties (Xinhua):"The Belt and Road Initiative has provided a new platform and experimental field for China and Japan to deepen their mutually beneficial cooperation.”But don’t get too excited. Relations remain far from perfect (Xinhua):“'The Japanese side in particular needs to properly address sensitive issues such as issues relating to history and Taiwan,' [Xi said].”
Up next is an official visit from Abe to China, probably next month. That would be the first visit by a Japanese prime minister since 2011.
The bigger picture: Both countries are reassessing their foreign policies in light of the Trump presidency.
Xinhua: Xi, Abe meet on further improving China-Japan ties
Asahi Shimbun: Abe, Xi agree on further talks for visit to Beijing in October