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China, Japan agree to restart ruling party talks after six-year hiatus

By Sakura Murakami

China and Japan have agreed to resume regular talks between their ruling parties for the first time in six years, officials from Japan's coalition government said on Wednesday.

Ties between Asia's top two economies have been strained by issues including Japan's concerns about China's maritime activities in the East and South China Seas, and China's protests against Japan's release of treated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean.

But the agreement to restart the talks comes after Chinese Premier Li Qiang praised what he called a restart in relations with U.S.-allied Japan and South Korea after their leaders met for the first three-way summit in four years on Monday.

The three agreed to revive trade and security dialogue hampered by global tensions.

Toshimitsu Motegi, secretary-general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, reached the agreement on talks with Liu Jianchao, who leads the Communist Party's body in charge of managing ties with foreign political parties, during Liu's visit to Tokyo on Wednesday.

Liu "specifically requested to restart the Japan-China ruling party exchange council. Secretary-General Motegi expressed his approval", Tatsuya Ito, an LDP lawmaker present at the meeting, told reporters.

Makoto Nishida, a lawmaker from the LDP's junior coalition partner Komeito who was also present at the talks, confirmed a decision had been made for the exchanges to resume.

The details of how and when the talks would start have not yet been finalised, Ito added.

The ruling party talks were previously held around once a year but have not taken place since 2018.

Liu, who has kept up a busy schedule since he came into office in 2022, stoking expectation he is being groomed to become China's next foreign minister, also met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa earlier on Wednesday.

Kishida told Liu that he wanted to build stable and constructive ties with China and that exchanges between political parties were important for developing relations.

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Very good, understanding and cooperation among Asians...

Without the dirty intervention of the western circUS...

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This is only possible between China and Japan, or North Korea and Japan where ruling parties never change.

It's impossible between Korea and Japan or Taiwan and Japan, where the ruling parties get voted out by angry voters and change periodically.

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Samit BasuToday 11:10 am JST

Japan where ruling parties never change.

A provably false statement:


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Japan is ruled by the LDP. No one would disagree.

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China and Japan have agreed to resume regular talks between their ruling parties

LOL, "ruling parties" is an interesting way of saying, "Without extensive American influence, Japan would be not be all that different from China politically". I've always felt that these two cultures share more in common than a lot of people are comfortable admitting. Japan likes to larp as though they greatly take after the West when in reality they basically reject individualism in favor of half-baked nationalist collectivism. They love the material culture of the West but don't really embrace Western values beyond what we have forced upon them.

Nonetheless, China isn't going anywhere, so even if Japanese people loathe them, it is still worth trying to have some kind of dialogue. They are a major trading partner after all.

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Ties between Asia's top two economies

Sorry but Japan isn't in the top two economies of Asia

Who writes this bunk ?

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