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Shinzo Abe calls for talks with Xi Jinping at Beijing Apec summit

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 July, 2014, 12:38pm
UPDATED : Monday, 14 July, 2014, 6:57pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called for talks with President Xi Jinping during a regional meeting in Beijing in November, the latest call from Tokyo for a face-to-face meeting amid testy diplomatic relations.

Abe pointed to the neighbours’ huge trading and business ties, saying they were “inextricably” linked, despite a row over islands in the East China Sea and historical grievances largely tied to Tokyo’s militarism in the first half of the 20th century.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum later this year would be a possible venue, Abe added.

“I want to hold summit talks [with Xi] during the Apec meeting in Beijing,” he told parliament, responding to questions about relations with China.

My door is always open for dialogue and I hope the Chinese side adopts the same stance
Shinzo Abe

“My door is always open for dialogue and I hope the Chinese side adopts the same stance,” Abe added.

Abe and Xi, both strong nationalists, have not held a bilateral summit meeting since they both came to power more than 18 months ago.

The Japanese prime minister has repeatedly called for a meeting with Xi and also with his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye since he swept to power in late 2012.

Xi and Park held talks in Seoul earlier this month, while Park visited China last year.

During a visit to Australia and New Zealand last week, Abe also called for talks with Xi as did his close adviser chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Tokyo and Beijing have long been at odds over territorial claims and Japan’s military record before the end of the second world war.

Rising tensions have seen Chinese ships routinely sail into waters near the disputed East China Sea archipelago, while Japan has scrambled fighter jets to ward off intrusions near its airspace.

Relations dropped again this month after Japan moved to relax restrictions on the use of armed force in a controversial change to its post-war pacifism.

In an interview with the Mainichi newspaper on Sunday, Abe declined to say whether he would visit a controversial war shrine on the August 15 anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second world war.

Beijing was furious over Abe’s December visit to the shrine, which honours Japan’s war dead, including some senior military and political figures convicted of war crimes.

Many conservative politicians make an annual pilgrimage to the leafy site in central Tokyo, angering Beijing and Seoul which say Japan has not faced up to its warring past.


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After Shinzo Abe's abusive speech at the Singapore security conference, his offer to meet Xi Jinping is clearly disingenuous and lacking in sincerity. He is just putting on a show and grandstanding as he has no intention whatsoever of reconciliation with China. His attempts at changing the Constitution in the Diet for a more militaristic stance is self evident of his hawkish intent.
Why would anyone want to meet with the fanatic Shinzo Abe? This is a nut case that glorifies the barbarous war and brutal war crimes launched his war criminal ancestors. This is a nut case that prays to war criminals at the evil Yasukuni War Shrine. The proper place for Shinzo Abe would be in the Tokyo Zoo where he sould be locked up for the good of the people of Japan and exhibited as the representative of the evil that Japan stands for.
What could Abe, the grandson of a WW2 war criminal possibly tell Xi ?
I think it would be great if xi meet abe and just give him the middle finger sort of ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not only nuts but shameless. Just like his barbarous ancestors.
Shinzo Abe just wants to be viewed as peace seeker in international stage. China, Taiwan (for Tiaoyutai) and South Korea must be careful about Abe's trick.
Jonathan Smith
Rabble rousing war mongering and war criminal worshipper Japanese PM Shinzo Abe have made himself persona non grata in China and South Korea. Perhaps he should go to North Korea instead of going to the APEC meeting this time.
Daniel Lee
If Japanese PM Shinzo Abe wants to have a talk, he should go to hell and meet his barbarous ancestors first.


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