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Crucial Talks Between China’s President Xi Jinping and Japan’s Prime Minister Abe in Vladivostok

Sept. 12, 2018 (EIRNS)—Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today at the Eastern Economic forum in Vladivostok, and discussed improving economic ties and working for global and regional peace and stability, and economic development.

President Xi crucially cited China’s Belt and Road initiative as providing a new platform and experimental field for China and Japan to deepen their mutually beneficial cooperation, saying they should jointly push toward regional integration, and build a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Asia, reported Xinhua.

He emphasized that the international situation is changing rapidly and profoundly, and that both China and Japan, as major world economies, should assume joint responsibility to ensure global and regional peace and economic development.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe thanked President Xi for his expression of sympathy for recent losses Japan has suffered from natural disasters. Now that Japan-China relations are returning to the right track, there is increasing space for bilateral cooperation, Abe said. Xinhua reported that Japan wants to boost high-level exchanges with China, and fast-forward the improvement of Japan-China ties.

In May, Premier Li Keqiang visited Tokyo, the first such visit by a Chinese premier in eight years, and Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary-General of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, met with Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan in Beijing on Aug. 31.

Today, the South China Morning Post reports speculation that Abe will visit China around Oct. 23, the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and China, which laid the basis for their diplomatic relations.

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