Are better China-Japan relations on the horizon? | Video | SupChina

Are better China-Japan relations on the horizon?

On May 9, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during a three-day diplomatic visit to Japan.

He became the first Chinese premier to visit Japan since 2011. The visit implies a thaw in the long-standing hostile relations between the two countries, which ensued from territorial disputes over East China Sea islands and grievances from World War II.

In a press conference, China and Japan agreed to set up a hotline to avoid military confrontations in the East China Sea. Also, a public-private council will be set up by both countries to work on projects related to Beijing’s One Belt, One Road infrastructure initiative.

In addition, Li was granted a meeting with Japanese Emperor Akihito, a rare friendly gesture from Japan.

Prior to the visit, Li, Abe, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met briefly for a trilateral meeting to discuss various topics, including the historic April meeting between the two Koreas and the possibility of closer trilateral trade ties to hedge against pressure from the U.S.

Jia Guo

Jia Guo is from the coastal city of Qingdao. She has an M.A. in multimedia journalism from NYU and has worked at Facebook and Bloomberg TV in New York City.

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