Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda arrived in China today, the second Japanese leader to visit in 15 months, increasing chances the two nations might resolve a dispute over oil and gas claims in the East China Sea.
Fukuda, the son of former Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda, is seen as the most pro-China Japanese leader since his father was in office from 1976 to 1978, analysts said.
“In Japanese political circles, Prime Minister Fukuda is recognized as being the leader of the pro-Chinese faction,” political analyst Hirotada Asakawa said in a Dec. 26 phone interview from Tokyo. “By visiting China, Fukuda may want to demonstrate, both at home and to China, his pro-Chinese credentials.” [Full Text]
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