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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech at a Tokyo hotel during a party hosted by the Chinese embassy on Sept. 28. (Photo by Maho Obata)

Japan and China send sweet words, for now

Beijing to watch Abe's election gamble before rapprochement

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- It was a fresh sign of rapidly warming relations when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a surprise appearance at a gala hosted by the Chinese embassy in Tokyo on Sept. 28.

The party was held to celebrate China's Oct. 1 National Day and the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two countries. More than 2,000 guests -- including Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Toshihiro Nikai, the secretary general of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party -- crowded into the Hotel New Otani's banquet hall.

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