When Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a three-day trip to China last month, he had a key objective in mind - to bring China into his vision of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" (FOIP).
That goal is notable on at least two counts. Firstly, it came in the course of the first official visit by a Japanese premier to China since 2011; the lapse of seven years a vivid reminder of how chilly relations had been during that interval. Secondly, given the profound distrust between the two countries, and China's wariness of the Indo-Pacific concept, it looks to be a remarkable move.
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