Abe prepares for Beijing visit, says Japan will bolster ties with China

Abe prepares for Beijing visit, says Japan will bolster ties with China

Abe prepares for Beijing visit, says Japan will bolster ties with China

Both sides should undertake more in-depth strategic dialogue, Xi said, adding that exchanges between ordinary Japanese and Chinese people should also be stepped up to foster deeper mutual understanding.

"From competition to co-existence, Japan and China bilateral relations have entered a new phase", Mr Abe said at a briefing.

The two sides signed a slew of agreements, including a currency swap deal and plans to work together in other markets.

"Our two countries have been making continuous efforts to improve relations", Abe said before flying to Beijing, expressing his hope that the visit would "lift bilateral relations to a new level".

Li called for an early conclusion to an Asia-Pacific nations trade pact that includes 16 countries but not the US. "The healthy, steady and long-term development of China-Japan ties is in the fundamental interests of the two countries' people, and represents common expectations of the global community".

On Friday, Abe is scheduled to hold separate meetings with Li and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Speaking to reporters afterward, Li said 500 business agreements worth $18 billion had been signed between Chinese and Japanese companies during the visit, displaying the "bright future" for cooperation between the sides.

In April, Trump tweeted that Japan had "hit us hard on trade for years".

On defence issues, Mr. Gokhale said the two sides may agree to begin negotiations on a naval logistics pact like the Indo-U.S. LEMOA pact, but they did not expect to conclude it or make any announcements on it during this visit.

Abe's three-day visit was the first by a Japanese prime minister since December 2011.

That means Washington is making it harder for other countries to export to the United States market.

Abe's visit is part of a painstaking courtship aimed at winning over the world's second economy after a disastrous falling-out in 2012, when Tokyo "nationalized" disputed islands claimed by Beijing.

During his evening meeting with Xi at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, the Japanese prime minister said, "We (Japan) would like to join hands with China in contributing to peace and stability in the world".

"With President Xi Jinping, I would like to carve out a new era for China and Japan", Abe said.

On nuclear cooperation, a senior official said Japan was an important partner for India in the area of civil nuclear energy and specific projects are being discussed under the Indo-Japan nuclear agreement.

Since then, Abe and Xi have met multiple times at worldwide summits, with each country praising the others' efforts to improve relations.

In short, the Trump administration's eschewing of the American-built liberal world order for a realpolitik, transactional approach to foreign policy has inadvertently provided the foundation for Japan and China to move historical grievances to the wayside and return to their post-normalization dynamic of "hot economics/cold politics" known as Seikei Bunri/ 政経分離 in Japanese. Abe made the remark while keeping in mind Chinese vessels' intrusions into Japan's territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands. Whereas a real warming of relations would be welcome in the region, the reality is that the hard security, economic, and political issues that have divided the two Asia giants remain and they can not be easily resolved.

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