Japan PM might visit China to improve the soured bilateral ties

Saturday, January 1, 2011

BEIJING - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is reportedly considering a visit to China next spring with the intention of improving the soured bi-lateral ties.

The China Daily quoted the Kyodo News Agency as saying that if the visit takes place, Kan hopes to improve the bilateral “strategic and mutually beneficial relationship” between both nations.

Tokyo will seek opportunities to create conditions for Kan’s visit through all kinds of dialogue, and may send Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara on a preliminary visit China to pave the way for Kan’s trip.

The Mainichi Daily News on Friday said that Kan’s visit would be an effort to improve bilateral ties that have been soured since the September maritime collision between a Chinese fishing boat and two Japanese patrol boats in waters around China’s Diaoyu Islands.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry is yet to confirm the visit.

Sino-Japanese relations showed some indication of improvement when President Hu Jintao and Kan met on the sidelines of the 18th Economic Leaders’ Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation held in Japan in November.

Kan’s visit, if made, will be the first to China by an incumbent Japanese Prime Minister since Yukio Hatoyama’s in October 2009. (ANI)

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