Japan's Abe meets Chinese premier as relations thaw


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 25, 2018. (Photo by Roman PILIPEY / POOL / AFP)

Japan’s Shinzo Abe and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang commemorated the 40th anniversary of a friendship treaty on Thursday, at the start of a rare trip to Beijing by the Japanese prime minister, who is seeking to repair frayed relations.

Abe’s visit is part of a painstaking courtship aimed at winning over the world’s second economy after a disastrous falling-out in 2012, when Tokyo “nationalised” disputed islands claimed by Beijing.

Slowly defrosting relations have warmed rapidly in recent months as the two countries face down huge tariffs from US President Donald Trump, who is set on…

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