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CHINA – JAPAN
Fukuda’s visit ends with lots of promises but few results
Despite few concrete results, actually less than what was expected, the two countries insist on the need for co-operation. The two government leaders play ball as part of a charm offensive, insist on their common roots.
21/11/2007 CHINA – JAPAN
Chinese warship on friendly visit to Japan
Relations between Beijing and Tokyo show warming signs. Wen Jiabao meets Fukuda in Singapore. But tensions remain over energy and regional politics.
17/06/2008 CHINA – JAPAN
“Historic” agreement to exploit East China Sea gas fields not far off
Instead of solving their territorial disputes the two countries seem poised to recognise each other rights to exploit and profit from sea floor energy. In Asia new diplomatic initiatives favour shared economic growth in lieu of finding quick fixes to old disputes.
28/12/2007 CHINA – JAPAN
Fukuda’s visit to foster new cordial ties between Beijing and Tokyo
Both countries want to leave behind decades of war and cold relations in favour of closer co-operation. East China See energy resources and defence spending are main stumbling blocks. Words of good will prevail as results lag.
Chinese language and culture renaissance in the name of Confucius
The government plans to spend billions of dollars to teach the Chinese language overseas and spread Confucian culture at home to save China from the crisis of Communist ideology.
Tokyo-Delhi axis irritates Beijing, which sets broader sights on the South and East China Seas
Chinese Navy ships sail near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, which are at the centre of a dispute with Japan. Japan's prime minister is in India to boost economic and defence co-operation. Chinese naval drills are held near the James Shoal. Beijing leads an international scientific expedition in search of oil and gas.
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