China Japan relations – A step forward

Following the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit, the frontrunners of China and Japan have met to re-set the ‘ties’ that both countries share.   China and Japan have long been in an uneasy relationship and have not engendered any common ground over the East China Sea territorial dispute for more than two years.   The summit which was held in Beijing was the occasion that both leaders chose to convoke past relations and Chinese President Xi Jinping confirmed this as being an attempt to “improving ties.”   Apparently, a maritime crisis mechanism has been mutually set up in order to avoid any conflicts in the future.   China and Japan complex and sour relations might take harder to build on due to their long-held hostilities.   Also, Japan’s Shinzo Abe has previously been resilient over strategic measures against China.   The Apec summit starts today on bilateral issues and ends tomorrow with the 21 leaders regrouped for a formal talk.   Key protagonists of the summit are U.S President Barrack Obama and Vladimir Putin of Russia. Nevertheless, nothing has been said over any kind of confrontation between the two.   Other key members such as Tony Abbott of Australia however has affirmed that he will launch a ‘robust conversation’ with Russian leader in an attempt to get answers over the Malaysia Airlines issue.   Source: BBC News, Reuters
Priscilla Camryn By: Priscilla Camryn
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