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New Japanese leaders should rethink relations with China (2)

(People's Daily Online)

08:30, December 20, 2012

2013 is the 35th anniversary of "China-Japan Peace and Friendship Treaty." Thirty-five years ago, Shinzo Abe's father Shintaro Abe had served as the Chief Cabinet Secretary when Takeo Fukuda was in office and put great efforts on the signing of "China-Japan Peace and Friendship Treaty," one of four political documents in China-Japan relations. When serving as the foreign minister in the Yasuhiro Nakasone's cabinet, Shintaro Abe had positively promoted Japan's government loans (ODA) to China and showed his respect for Deng Xiaoping, the chief architect of China's Reform and Opening up. Generally speaking, Japanese politicians think "A son should continue his father's ambition." Therefore, we do not believe that Shinzo Abe will be "un-filial" after returning to power.

In addition, Shinzo Abe put the economic problems first in the election, declaring that he will try his best to save the ever-falling domestic economy after returning to power. According to the tankan survey result of domestic enterprises announced by the central bank of Japan in December, the business climate index of large manufacturing enterprises is negative 12, deteriorating for two consecutive quarters. It is directly related to the deterioration of China-Japan relations, Japanese media pointed out. Therefore, we have reason to believe that Shinzo Abe will make efforts to repair the China-Japan relations even if it is for Japan’s own good

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Read the Chinese version: 中日新班子“硬碰硬”还是“面对面”, source: People's Daily Overseas Edition, author: Jiang Feng

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