Abe Puts Relations With China as Priority – David Pilling

From Financial Times:

Shinzo Abe, ’s prime minister, on Monday used New Year remarks to stress his aim of building a “mutually beneficial, strategic relationship” with China in a further sign that improving Sino-Japan ties will be a priority of his premiership.

In a statement in which he also placed emphasis on his goal of rewriting Japan’s pacifist constitution – a policy that, if badly handled, could antagonise neighbours – he said he planned to build “forward looking relations based on trust” with Beijing.

The statement, which only briefly touched on economics, comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity sparked by Mr Abe’s visit to Beijing in October, only days after he became prime minister. [Full Text]

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