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Japan to end China aid, and proposes joint assistance for others

After 40 years of development support, Tokyo seeks a new equal partnership

Much of Japan's aid to China in recent years has focused on combating air pollution.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan plans to stop offering development aid to China after nearly 40 years, seeking instead to establish a framework for the two countries to cooperate as equal partners on infrastructure and other projects in developing countries.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to propose discontinuing development aid when he meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Friday. Abe's three-day visit to China starts on Thursday.

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