ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
International relations

Japan and China try new approach to friendship, 40 years on

Abe faces diplomatic tests as he breaks from US-led policies

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping are exploring a more amicable approach to bilateral ties.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Forty years since signing a treaty of peace and friendship that promised mutual non-aggression, Japan and China are starting to explore a more nuanced diplomatic relationship that better suits the new realities of the region and the world but could also shake up the existing regional security structure.

The shift was visible when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Vladivostok, Russia, on Sept. 12. When Abe called on Xi to ease import restrictions for Japanese food, the Chinese leader replied with a smile that "Japanese rice is tasty" -- an unusual comment for a man so reserved about his personal opinions on Japan.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more