Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Japan's Abe begins a rare visit to China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Japan this weekend for an annual summit with his counterpart Shinzo Abe and the proposed Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement between the two militaries is on the agenda Japan to sign peace treaty with Russia, Abe says
Jodi Jackson | 27 October, 2018, 18:47

"Tomorrow I will visit China", Abe said.

Strategically, Japan is also seeking to position itself in the region as a counterforce to China.

Analysts say the optics of Abe's three-day visit will be more important than the concrete outcomes, which are likely to be modest.

Prime Minister Abe also raised the issue of human rights during meetings with Premier Li on Friday, and stressed to Chinese officials that the global community is carefully watching the situation in China. "In other words India, Japan plus one", said Gokhale.

Xi is expected to visit Japan next year, with Abe returning to China to attend a trilateral summit of the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea.

Jin Jianmin, a senior fellow at Fujitsu Research Institute in Tokyo, said that with China's fast economic development, the respective advantages of the industries and technologies of the two countries become clearer, and the foundation of win-win cooperation become more solid.

Mr Abe's current trip to China is the first visit by a Japanese head of government in seven years.

Anti-Japanese riots broke out in China after Tokyo nationalized the islands, called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China, and Beijing froze high-level contacts.

As close neighbors, Japan and China should push forward bilateral ties on the basis of the principles set in their four political documents and in the spirit of "cooperating in a mutual-beneficial way and never posing a threat to each other", he said.

The agreements were signed as Asia's two biggest economies looked to further build relations and trust against a backdrop of trade friction with the United States.

Calling the Belt and Road Initiative "promising", Abe said Japan was willing to beef up cooperation with China in wide areas, including the exploration of third-party markets.

Stating that Japan was one of the "most trusted partners" in India's economic and technological modernisations and one of the top investors in India, PM Modi said: "Projects like Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail and Dedicated Freight Corridors reflect the high level and strength of our economic engagement". The article notes that the visit includes "the first formal summit between the two countries' leaders since 2011 and comes as they mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship".

"In the past several years, the China-Japan relationship has experienced ups and downs".

"I have absolutely no hesitation in saying that his (Abe) visit to China will have no impact on India-Japan bilateral relationship..."

The arrangement, which takes effect on Friday and lasts until October 25, 2021, will allow the exchange of local currencies between the two central banks for up to 200 billion yuan or 3.4 trillion yen ($30 billion), the Bank of Japan said.

"Prime Minister Abe reiterated his view that, without stability in the East China Sea, there will not be a true improvement of the relationship", Osuga said.

The historical rivals have been drawn closer together under pressure from the United States to slash trade deficits.

But as Trump's tariffs bite, China has increasingly looked to Japan to serve as a hedge against growing U.S. protectionism.

Kunihiko Miyake, a former Japanese diplomat who is now visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University, said: "Nobody thinks ties with China have completely recovered, and they shouldn't think that".

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