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Xi tells LDP's No. 2 man he wants to improve ties with Japan

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Xi tells LDP's No. 2 man he wants to improve ties with Japan

After his term expires or PM Abe's?

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Something smells fishy here. First revising textbooks so that Nanking never happen, sending our biggest warship around Chinese islands...and now a lot of brown-mouthing. Funny, just as the massive world trade project, the Silk and Belt Road is happening.

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China's rise and support major initiatives led by the world's second-largest economy, such as joining the Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank.

In other words he want Japan's money to invest in their initiatives. No thanks will pass.

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They used to say, beware Greeks bearing gifts, now I'm not so sure its not the Chinese we need to be wary of with their gift giving!

While improved relations between Asia's two largest economies are welcomed the question must be asked; What's the catch?

China is not simply going to throw open the doors and welcome the Japanese back with open arms, neither are the Japanese going to do the same. They will want something in return, hmm? Perhaps that chain of islands in the East China Sea, as a starting offer?

Japan be wary!

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While improved relations between Asia's two largest economies are welcomed the question must be asked; What's the catch?

The catch is the the immense opportunity to gain money and full order books from participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Over the next 1 1/2 decades dozens of trillions of $ are needed to lift Asia and Africa out of poverty by building modern infrastructure. This heavy lifting cannot only be done by China. It needs the participation of many highly developed nations. Japan is certainly very well equipped to become a co-partner for infrastructure projects.

I'm an optimist and hope that the B&R Initiative and Japan's membership in the AIIB can finally lead to a better understanding and peaceful cooperation between Japan and China.

Btw, don't be surprised if within the next couple of weeks we get also news about the US joining the AIIB. Nowadays nothing is impossible.

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Nikai's personality is liked by China. He is an oriental gentleman.  Unlike recent chatter box Japanese politicians, his words have gravity and his words trusted.

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It's joking that this whole passage is about Chinese leaders' sole intention which hasn't raised Japanese leading party, the secretary general's intention a bit .

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They used to say, beware Greeks bearing gifts, now I'm not so sure its not the Chinese we need to be wary of with their gift giving

Based on what? Why?

Sounds to me like Xi has invited Nikai to come, which would be good for both China and Japan. That's what good neighbours should be doing.

Where does this lingering mistrust of the Chinese really come from?

How does China deserve it, comparatively speaking?

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Abe is a failed PM. I had believed his "mutual benefit" strategic vision. Now I doubt that it is his original idea. He may copy that from someone else.

On the other hand, the relationship between Japan and China is resilient. Thanks to many visionary politicians from both sides.

Abe still has his chance to prove he isn't cheating. He must work triply hard to improve the relationship between Japan and China and abandon his lackey approach. Japan is strong enough and deserves an independent policy.

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move bilateral relations in the "right direction"

can only be done by acknowledge history is past tense and cannot be buried or swept under a carpet but has to be faced and taught in school based on facts and not on political believes.

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Maybe he meant "You guys should wear better ties"

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Xi, sure but you first need to show your cards first.

How about signing a treaty stating PRC recognizes Senkaku isles as Japan's sovereign territory in return Japan can reaffirm the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and China. We can negotiate the details about demilitarization of both sides later.

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Xi, sure but you first need to show your cards first.

You're talking as if Japan has the upper hand here. It was Japan who started publicly thinking of joining the AIIB first (after initially rejecting the bank mind you, to having the ADB head saying it's not a competition, to now Japanese officials turning 180 degrees). Does that sound like they're really at a vantage point? If anything, Japan is the one that's going to make concessions. Also, why the heck would China stop trying to get Senkaku/Diaoyou back? They actually have a legit claim to it, and it gives their government a political tool. That's kind of like saying "Japan should just let the Northern Territories go" lmao.

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Chinese / Japanese relations are like the Wind. When one side needs to use it against the other then they will, and that's been true of both Japan and China. Both have a lot to learn from each other, though like the Willow tree, which way will it bend ?

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You're talking as if Japan has the upper hand here. It was Japan who started publicly thinking of joining the AIIB first (after initially rejecting the bank mind you, to having the ADB head saying it's not a competition, to now Japanese officials turning 180 degrees). Does that sound like they're really at a vantage point? If anything, Japan is the one that's going to make concessions.

No Finance Minister Aso already shot that down stating AIIB is still not transparent for Japan to consider connecting with. Basically AIIB and the Belt and road initiative is only to profit China so Japan has no reason to participate unless PRC is willing to provides something in return.

Also, why the heck would China stop trying to get Senkaku/Diaoyou back? They actually have a legit claim to it, and it gives their government a political tool.

LoL, PRC has no legal claim to Senkaku isles. Senkaku became Japan's sovereign territory back in 1895 with no objection by any state and was reaffirmed in 1952 with the San Francisco Peace treaty with 40 nations ratifying the treaty.

The only way for PRC to lodge a legal protest against Japan's claim is for PRC to appeal to International Court of Justice which PRC has not made so there is no legal contest, Senkaku is Japan's sovereign territory.

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If China is offering an olive branch, Japan should take it though most likely all they want is Japanese expertise in building infrastructure.

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