Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Abe hails "fresh start" to Japan-China ties after Xi meeting

Japan's PM Abe arrives in PH for ASEAN-related summits Xi urges Abe to improve China-Japan ties
Kenny Thornton | 14 November, 2017, 10:51

Duterte had has his fourth bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila.

This prompted the United States President Donald Trump to declare that he would meet any threat to his country with "fire and fury" that the world has never seen before.

"We've made some very big steps with respect to trade, far bigger than anything you know, in addition to about $300 billion in sales to various companies, including China", he said.

In their third sit-down talks since Li became premier in 2013, he and Abe agreed that Japan and China have a great responsibility for ensuring regional and global peace and prosperity, and should continue to work on a "mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests", a Japanese government spokesman said.

He has hinted that the U.S. may relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

During the bilateral meeting, the Philippines and Japan also signed and exchanged notes for the financing for the bypass road construction project for Plaridel City, Bulacan and the grant on countering terrorism in Mindanao and rebuilding the war-torn Marawi City.

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Both Japan and China have poured money and attention in recent years into the strategically important Mekong region, which includes less economically developed members of ASEAN.

Both sides now have a solid political foundation on which to make commitments to improving ties.

In a summit with Xi on Saturday night, Abe received no clear response to a proposal that he visit China next year to mark the 40th anniversary of a friendship treaty.

Abe extended his congratulations on the success of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which was held last month, and on Xi's re-election as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee. Japan also promised to help Myanmar "improve the situation" in Rakhine State, where the Muslim minority group Rohingya have faced persecution and rights abuses.

According to Japanese officials, Abe will seek to strengthen cooperation between Japan and ASEAN to lead the pursuit of a "free and open" order.

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