ÔªøÔªøChina’s Wen Seeks to Play Ball with Rival Japan – Chris Buckley

From Reuters:

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao goes to Japan on Wednesday promising a strategic pact, energy cooperation and maybe a crowd-pleasing baseball cameo as the two nations seek to narrow rifts over history and regional ambitions.

Beijing has cast Wen’s three-day visit as an “ice-thawing” trip to ease bitterness left by then-Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visits to the Yasukuni war shrine, seen by many in Asia as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism…

Not even Beijing’s state-run media, which have recently lauded better ties with Tokyo, pretend the road ahead will be easy. Past efforts to ease tensions have foundered amid feuding over history. [Full Text]

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