China, Japan show united front on 'free and fair' trade

China, Japan show united front on 'free and fair' trade

The two countries will also sign an agreement to facilitate cooperation over search and rescue operations in the event of accidents in waters off the two countries, the sources said.

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

"Japan and China play an irreplaceable role in the economic development of Asia and even the world", Abe said, according to CCTV, calling on both sides to work together to "promote world peace and prosperity".

RCEP is a free-trade agreement proposed by China with South-East Asia and various countries on the Pacific Rim, including Japan.

He said the countries' relations "have returned to a normal track", and China wants to "stably develop ties in the long term". Vijay Gokhale, India's Foreign Secretary, said that the meeting between Abe and Xi Jinping would have no bearing on his summit with Modi.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Mr Li said 500 business agreements worth £14 billion had been signed between Chinese and Japanese companies during the visit, displaying the "bright future" for cooperation between both sides.

Xi reiterated the importance of keeping promises, noting that China and Japan should "act on the basis of their four political documents and consensus, deal with problems and differences constructively, so as to maintain the political foundation guiding healthy development of bilateral ties".

Premier Li Keqiang greeted Abe as Japan's flag flew outside the opulent Great Hall of the People across from Tiananmen Square, and they reviewed an honour guard before going inside for talks.

"Both countries would like to move their relationship back to focusing on economics and trade and to push aside some of the hard political issues that [represent] a division between the states", Stephen Nagy, from the Tokyo Christian University, said.

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Diplomatic observers said the spat between China and the U.S. provided an excuse for Beijing to get closer to Tokyo, but said that tensions between the two could still erupt.

The relationship has rapidly warmed after US President Donald Trump imposed massive tariffs on China while also targeting Japanese exports in an effort to cut US trade deficits.

For instance on security, lawfare tactics in the East China Sea to erode Japanese sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands are a sign of bad faith in any warming of relations.

At the same time, culture wars over Japan's occupation of China have resurfaced, with Beijing politicizing wartime atrocities while nationalists in Tokyo argue their country should recapture its national pride.

At a joint news conference following the meeting, Prime Minister Abe said, "We confirmed that we are cooperative partners and absolutely do not pose a threat to each other". Although Japan's alliance with the USA keeps the nation in lockstep with Washington on most geopolitical issues, Abe has moved to shore up economic ties with China - its biggest trading partner.

"Japan is also at the forefront of engaging in our national initiatives, such as "Make in India",;Skill India", "Digital India", "Start Up India'".

At the Beijing summit though, Mr Abe said Tokyo was "determined" to normalise diplomatic relations with Pyongyang if there was progress on denuclearisation and the release of Japanese citizens.

However, the Japanese side has repeatedly affirmed that the thaw in Sino-Japanese ties will not come at the expense of Tokyo's cordial relations with Taipei, Hsieh said.

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