Japan–China ties are tightening (Rumi Aoyama, East Asia Forum)

Kindergarten pupils wave national flags as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reviews the guard of honour with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a welcoming ceremony before their bilateral talks at Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo, Japan, 9 May 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Toru Hanai).

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Japan from 8 May to 11 May was a remarkable highlight in what has been a glum decade for China–Japan relations. It is Li’s first visit to Japan since taking office in 2013, and it is the only official visit of a Chinese prime minister to Japan in eight years. Although Li’s visit was overshadowed by dramatic developments on nuclear issues in Iran and North Korea, it is by far the most significant move in recent years by both Japanese and Chinese governments to mend bilateral relations.

Japan–China ties are tightening

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