Japan-China Summit at Jakarta, Apr 2015. Wikimedia Commons
The Japan Times-Oct 25
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s trip to China — the first official visit there by a top Japanese leader in seven years — is yet another indication of improvement in the bilateral relationship that at one point in recent years had plummeted to its chilliest point since the two countries normalized diplomatic ties in the 1970s. As he departed for Beijing on Thursday for his three-day visit, Abe said he hoped to elevate Japan-China relations to “a new stage” through his talks with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on Friday. The two governments are expected to agree on economic cooperation such as joint infrastructure development in third countries as well as confidence-building measures, including exchanges between their defense officials.
First published in: The Japan Times