Wen invites Japanese PM Abe to China
Cebu (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked French President Jacques Chirac to maintain the European Union arms sale embargo against China, whilst yesterday Chinese premier Wen Jiabao invited Abe to visit Beijing.
Mr Abe, who was on a four-nation European tour (Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom), told to European leaders “that lifting the arms embargo against China would affect the security of East Asia”.
Beijing has boosted defence spending by more than 10 per cent a year for the past 18 consecutive years, a trend both Japan and the US fear could upset the delicate military balance in the Taiwan Strait.
The EU imposed an arms embargo after the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and
Many European states have however called for lifting the ban, and Mr. Chirac, who in his meeting with Abe stressed the importance of good Sino-Japanese relations, did not mention Abe’s comments on the embargo.
Travelling from Europe Abe arrived yesterday in Cebu (
In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the three leaders hailed the improving relations among their countries, expressing hope in enhanced trade and financial cooperation.
In a sign of improving relations Mr Wen confirmed to Mr Abe that he would visit
Wen stressed the joint efforts to improve relations with
The last Chinese leader to visit
In Cebu Abe urged
The three Asian leaders made a joint statement in favour of “the peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue of the