China’s Wen Pitches Friendship as Japan Ties Thaw – George Nishiyama

From Reuters:

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made a pitch — literally — for friendship with Japan on a visit to Kyoto on Friday, winding up a landmark trip aimed at building on an emerging detente between the two rivals.

Wen’s three-day trip to Japan has combined high-level talks with a common touch — jogging, chatting with a farmer and pitching to a university baseball team — in a performance intended to appeal to the public and promote a thaw begun with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s October trip to Beijing…

The Chinese premier’s effort to reach out has been widely welcomed in Japan, although wariness persists as to whether the Asian rivals, at odds over energy, territory and regional influence, can become real friends.
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Also see China Daily’s article: Wen a hit with ordinary Japanese

(Reuters’ photo of Wen playing baseball in Kyoto during his visit)

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