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SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

‘My door is always open’: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe tells Beijing he’s ready to talk

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 July, 2014, 10:57am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 2:19am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has played down recent tensions with China, saying the countries were “inextricably linked” and his door was always open for dialogue.

Tokyo and Beijing have long been at odds over islands in the East China Sea with simmering distrust flaring last week after Japan relaxed restrictions on use of its armed forces in a highly controversial change in military policy.

Abe was in Canberra on Tuesday where he and counterpart Tony Abbott were to sign an agreement on closer defence ties, a move that could further anger China.

In an interview with The Australian newspaper, Abe said he was keen to nurture a mutually beneficial relationship with Beijing, while urging China to play a constructive role in regional security.

“Japan and China are inextricably linked to each other. It is not uncommon for various unresolved issues to exist between neighbouring countries,” he said.

“China is a major country which, together with Japan and Australia, has to play a prominent role in ensuring the peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.

“It is my strong expectation China will abide by international norms and play a constructive role in dealing with regional issues.

“In accordance with the principle of a mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests, I would like to develop relations with China in a way that keeps a broad perspective.

“My door is always open for dialogue. I sincerely hope that China takes the same approach.”

China last week lashed out at Abe after his cabinet formally endorsed a reinterpretation of a constitutional clause banning the use of armed force except in very narrowly-defined circumstances.

Beijing argued that it could open the door to remilitarisation of a country it considers insufficiently penitent for its actions in the second world war.

Tensions also continue to simmer over the hotly contested Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus.

During his visit to Australia, Abe attended a meeting of the cabinet-level National Security Committee in Canberra and addressed parliament, the first Japanese leader to do so.

The two sides will finalise a deal to share defence technology, which could lead to closer cooperation on submarine technology and an increase in joint military training.

Abe said in the interview that Australia and Japan had become “strategic partners through deepening concrete defence cooperation”, as well as through joint peacekeeping efforts, joint military exercises and exchanges of defence leaders.

Abbott also moved to reassure China, saying the two countries’ closer defence ties was “not a partnership against anyone; it’s a partnership for peace, for prosperity and for the rule of law”.

“Our objective is engagement. We both welcome the greater trust and openness in our region that’s exemplified by China’s participation this year’s RimPac naval exercises,” he told parliament.

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‘My door is always open’: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe tells Beijing he’s ready to talk ? Talk about what? His worship of war criminals? Japan's incitement of troubles in North East Asia and the South China Sea. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe by his provocative and evil actions have opened the door to hell for himself and the Japanese. And to hell he and the Japanese should go.
Daniel Lee
Shinzo Abe by glorifying war and praying to war criminals, by instigating conflicts, by occupying Chinese territory closed the door to any dialogue. If he wants dialogue, he can go to hell and have his dialogue with his war criminal ancestors.
baysidedweller
“My door is always open for dialogue", except Abe will not allow China to bring Diaoyu/Senkaku dispute to the table. So what kind of door is this? One way only door?
Reminds me of tricking Obama into personally reaffirming article 5 of the security treaty while in Tokyo with the promise of signing the TPP initiative. Guess what, Obama left Tokyo empty handed with nothing to show for.
Abe is not a trustworthy person and these are just empty words.
Show us your sincerity by agreeing to negotiate on the islands and stop white washing history and then we can have a meaningful dialogue.
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“My door is always open for dialogue", yeah but every other orifices on his head are shut. apology-fatigue? www.jpri.org/publications/workingpapers/wp78.html
Jonathan Smith
Whether we like Shinzo Abe or not we have got to admit that his door is indeed open both for him and the Japanese people. And it is a door most people will not want to venture into as it is the door to hell!
daily
He's got to be the biggest hypocrite on this planet.............only second to Obama.
TigerJ
Gotta hand it to Abe... He is really full of himself.
ngsw
Mouth honey, belly dagger.
zhelu1985@live.com
Little does he understand that Xi is not a forgiving man.
Abe has doomed his nation by putting it on the path to war and annihilation.
honger
No point wasting anyone's time talking to a sychophant who denies what happened and who tries to plunge his countrymen and neighbours into war yet again.

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