China’s new leaders step towards reconciliation with Japan

China's new State Councillor Yang Jiechi hosted former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo: dpa)
China's new State Councillor Yang Jiechi hosted former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo: dpa)

Despite the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula and over the Senkaku Islands, there are signs that Japan and China realise that they have little to gain from mutual conflict. The two nations have new leaders and neither wants to lose face. One way out of the impasse could be the revival of trade talks between Japan, China and South Korea.

THE new political leaders in China and Japan are taking cautious but straight steps towards rapprochement.

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They have been forced to focus on pressing economic and social issues in their own countries, and realised that sabre-rattling over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China ...

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