Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

From toilets to soy - Japan and India smile at China

From toilets to soy - Japan and India smile at China

China and Japan took another step toward mending their troubled relations Monday, resuming high-level economic talks for the first time in almost eight years.

Relations between the pair are entering an "important phase of improvement and growth", Wang added, on a rare visit by a top Chinese official to Japan. -North Korea summit as well as stem a slide in his voter support ratings.

This week, during their sixth face-to-face meeting, Abe will seek to use that leverage to secure reassurances from Trump that Japan's interests won't be overlooked during his meeting with Kim in late May or early June.

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The Japanese prime minister will plead with Mr Trump at a summit in Florida not to abandon Japan in his haste to strike a deal with North Korea.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was eyeing a third term in office. He vowed to do his best in talks with Trump to ensure that the meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will make progress toward resolution of the issue.

"Having been surprised by Trump's decision to meet with Kim, Abe is determined to convince the U.S. president to take a skeptical approach to Pyongyang", said Tobias Harris, vice-president of Teneo Intelligence, a Washington-based advisory firm.

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Japan's also interested in pushing back on trade with the US, particularly the Trump administration's harsh, new steel tariffs.

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Wang did not specifically mention the proposed USA trade policies, as its implementation and consequences were still unclear. The article notes that after last year's standoff in the border area of Doklam, "India and China have stepped up dialogue at various levels to reset the ties".

"It is quite possible that Japan cooperates with China on various [Belt and Road] projects on a case by case basis where worldwide standards are met", Kono said.

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