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Japan appeals to global elite for backing in China dispute

Published on Jan 22, 2014 8:29 PM
 
This photo taken on Oct 13, 2011 shows a P-3C patrol plane of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force flying over the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. Japan took its campaign for international support in a potentially explosive territorial dispute with China to Davos on Wednesday, Jan 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) - Japan took its campaign for international support in a potentially explosive territorial dispute with China to Davos on Wednesday.

On the opening day of the annual World Economic Forum, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was due to deliver the keynote address to 2,500 business and political leaders.

The address, one of the most high-profile by a Japanese leader in recent decades, has been billed by diplomats as a key staging post in Mr Abe's campaign to drum up backing for Tokyo's stance on what it sees as bullying by its superpower neighbour over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Much of Mr Abe's landmark speech is expected to be taken up by a review of the progress of "Abenomics", the premier's ambitious bid to end two decades of deflation through a combination of monetary stimulus, fiscal consolidation and - still to be implemented - structural reforms.

 
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