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Japanese PM Abe to visit China for talks with President Xi

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

will pay a three-day visit to from October 25, the first by a Japanese in seven years, the two countries announced Friday, signalling warming of ties between the arch rivals.

In May this year, Li Keqiang became the first Chinese to make an official visit to in eight years to defuse the bilateral tensions.

and made simultaneous announcements about Abe's visit which is taking place in the midst of heightening trade, military and political tensions between and the US.

and have had uneasy ties since the World War II over the invasion of and its alleged large scale atrocities.

In recent years, navies and aircCHINA-JAPANraft of both China and have had close encounters at the disputed islands in the Sea.

The steady cooling down of tensions in its immediate neighbourhood - first with with an informal summit between and in in April and now with Japan - has given rise to speculation that China is bracing for a long-term hostility with the US.

China is also trying to rope in and Japan in its ongoing trade war with the US to fight trade protectionism.

In Tokyo, told the media that Abe's visit will help raise Japan-China ties to a new level through frank talks on bilateral and international issues, including and promoting cooperation and exchanges in various areas, according to

In Beijing, also announced Abe's visit.

Lu told the media on Friday that the visit will mark between the two countries.

He said China hoped the visit will lead to enhanced mutual trust, deeper practical cooperation, and new development of bilateral ties.

Abe's visit and his talks with are expected to pave the way for moves by the countries to improve their relations with host of initiatives.

During his May visit, Li called for joint efforts from China and Japan to improve bilateral relations.

Li said good ties were not only beneficial to the two countries but also conducive to the development of global economy and trade, as China and Japan are two major economies of the world.

China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in the disputed Sea and has differences with Japan in the Sea.

Both the areas are stated to be rich in minerals, and other natural resources. They are also vital to global trade.

China claims almost all of the Sea. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and have counter claims over the area.

The US has been conducting regular patrols in the Sea to assert freedom of navigation in the area where has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 19:07 IST