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Japan, China drawing closer amid trade pressure from US安倍首相訪中、協力強調

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Oct. 26.© KYODO
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Shared trade friction with the U.S. appears to be drawing Japan and China closer, with Chinese President Xi Jinping telling Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Oct. 26 in Beijing that the two countries are “sharing more common interests and concerns.”

China-Japan relations have undergone turbulence but are now “back to a normal track,” Xi told Abe during the first formal visit to Beijing by a Japanese leader in nearly seven years.

China is in the midst of a tit-for-tat trade war with the U.S., while Japan has been hit by the U.S. raising tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

That seems to be prompting both countries to look for alternative markets and cooperate on foreign investments where their interests converge, despite their long-standing disagreements.

Abe told reporters that, based on a free and fair trade system, “Japan and China need to work together and contribute to what the world in a sense expects of us, toward the peace and stability of the region, and that of the world.” (AP)

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