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Tokyo, Beijing find greater common ground for cooperation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday wrapped up his three-day visit to Beijing, the first by a Japanese premier in seven years. The Sunday Times looks at the significance of the trip, seen as the start of a new chapter in bilateral ties.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's three-day visit to Beijing that ended yesterday is the latest sign that China and Japan are committed to setting aside historical differences in search of greater common ground.

The gamut of deals announced during the three-day visit was a message of warming bilateral ties, something experts said had partly to do with pragmatism in the face of changing geopolitical realities wrought by the US and the Trump administration.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 28, 2018, with the headline 'Tokyo, Beijing find greater common ground for cooperation'. Print Edition | Subscribe