Ja­panese PM Abe to visit China in sign of im­proved re­la­tions

Malta Independent - - World -

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe is to travel to China later this month for his first for­mal visit in seven years, in a fur­ther sign of im­prov­ing re­la­tions be­tween the re­gional ri­vals. Bi­lat­eral ties nose­dived in 2012 af­ter Ja­pan na­tion­al­ized a group of un­in­hab­ited is­lands in the East China Sea claimed by Bei­jing, set­ting off vi­o­lent protests in China. De­spite close eco­nomic ties, many Chi­nese also re­sent Ja­pan over its in­va­sion of their coun­try last cen­tury. Bei­jing rou­tinely warms of resur­gent Ja­panese mil­i­tarism, de­spite lit­tle ev­i­dence that is hap­pen­ing. Abe’s Oct. 25-27 visit an­nounced Fri­day fol­lows a trip to Ja­pan in May by Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang, the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party’s sec­on­drank­ing of­fi­cial. Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping is also ex­pected to visit Ja­pan at a fu­ture date.

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