Aso Calls For Japan, China To Unite

From AFP:

Prime Minister Taro Aso on Thursday called for Tokyo and Beijing to in facing the world’s environmental and economic challenges, while playing down concerns over China’s military power.

In a wide-ranging speech in Beijing, Aso floated the prospect of a bilateral free deal and joint peace-keeping operations, and said closer ties between the historic rivals was the only way forward.

“Cooperation between Japan and China is a pre-condition for taking advantage of Asia’s potential as the growth centre for the 21st Century,” Aso told a gathering of business leaders from both nations.

Aso, who met Chinese President Hu Jintao later Thursday for the final major of his two-day trip, talked about working together to overcome the “once-in-a-century global economic and financial ”.

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