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Japan floats business aid idea for China's Belt and Road plan

Tokyo hopes proposal will put broader bilateral relationship on track

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11 on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government hopes to warm chilly relations with China by offering to help with Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative, an effort to forge stronger economic links between it and countries to the west, extending as far as Europe.

Under the plan, Japan would extend financial assistance to Japanese companies doing business with China as part of the initiative, on a case-by-case basis.

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