I blogged about the improving relationship between Japan and China a few months ago and I happy to report that the positive trend continues. After a long meeting today between Japan’s new Prime Minister and well known otaku Yasuo Fukuda and China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao today in China it has been reported by them both that the very long meeting was a success and that “Spring has come” in the two countries diplomatic relationship after decades of mistrust and unrest on various topics from border disputes to visits to a certain war memorial shine, military build-ups, pollution and disagreements with how to deal with a nuclear powered North Korea.
“Prime Minister Fukuda said the spring has come in our relations and, after two-and-a-half hours of talks, I truly feel that the spring of China-Japan relations has arrived,” Mr Wen told a joint news conference.
Mr Fukuda said that China and Japan had never had more influence or responsibilities in Asia and the world, and that it was time to overcome problems in their relationship. The visit is the latest indication of a thaw in relations after decades of rivalry and historical tensions. In recent months a Chinese warship dropped anchor in Tokyo Bay for the first time since World War II.
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