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China-Japan ties to see continuous growth, FM spokeswoman
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15:54, September 12, 2007

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China said Wednesday that further development of China-Japan ties is in the fundamental interests of the two nations and two peoples and the development momentum of bilateral ties will see continuous growth.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu made the remarks when commenting on the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Abe played an active and constructive role in developing China-Japan ties, which have scored tangible improvement thanks to the efforts made by both the Chinese and Japanese governments and peoples from all walks of life, Jiang said.

The main reason for Abe's abrupt resignation is the possible failure of the antiterrorism law extension at the parliament, said Liu Jiangyong, an expert on China-Japan ties at the Tsinghua University.

Abe would like to talk with the leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan Ichiro Ozawa over the extension of Japan's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean, hoping that he could solve the issue through "private communication" with Ozawa, who in fact refused the talks, Liu said.

But analysts expected no big changes in future development of China-Japan relations.

"No matter who will come into power, the overall situation of China-Japan ties will not see a sharp, new turn,"said Xu Dunxin, former Chinese ambassador to Japan.

The improvement of China-Japan ties since last October is "really hard-won", said Xu. "China and Japan are standing at a new point, and they should work together to push forward the development of ties."

Abe offered his resignation Wednesday at a press conference held at his office, less than a month after he reshuffled the Cabinet following a crushing defeat of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in parliamentary election.

Abe, who took office on Sept. 26 last year, has been plagued by a series of scandals involving his Cabinet ministers, pension recording errors, as well as a crushing defeat in July's upper house election which cost the LDP's decades-long dominance in the chamber. The support rate for Abe dropped below 30 percent after the election and has remained low.

Source: Xinhua

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