Issue Brief on “China-Japan: Towards Normalisation”

The diplomatic ties between China and Japan, the two powerful economic nations in East Asia, have recently began moving towards a positive diplomatic trajectory after a hiatus of over fifteen years. The swift move has been taken as a major breakthrough and a step forward in the already frozen diplomatic ties and rising political tensions between the two nations. A rapprochement between the two countries now seems to be in the offing.

The Breakthrough

In a sudden and surprise visit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, appeared at the reception organised by the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo on  September 28, marking the 68th anniversary of the founding of People’s Republic of China. The visit also coincided with the 45th anniversary of the normalisation of the Sino-Japanese ties.[1] Abe became the first Japanese Prime Minister to attend such a event in fifteen years.  This is the indication of the opening of a fresh dialogue between the two nations and putting the ties on a positive direction in the future.

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