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Leaders of the PRC and Japan at the APEC summit met for the first time in three years

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the first meeting in three years. It was held within the framework of the APEC summit in Beijing.

Against the background of cold relations between the two countries,For Japan, the fact of the meeting was important"And the Chinese side «had no reason not to refuse». So commented on this event in an interview with the Russian service BBC substituentь Director of the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University Andrey Karneev.

“Since Abe was appointed Prime Minister of Japan, he has not had a single meeting with the Chinese leader. As a rule, in such a long time several meetings should have taken place. The Chinese side had no reason not to refuse. If they refused, they would have put themselves off badly as the hosts of the summit, which is now being held in Beijing"Said the scientist.

In his opinion, even a symbolic meeting of the leaders of Japan and the PRC is a good sign. "Maybe, without this meeting, there would not have been an opportunity for middle-class diplomats to work on improving Sino-Japanese relations. Despite the symbolic nature of the meeting, it is now possible to work at the level of foreign ministers and below, to slowly unleash the nodules, "he said.

Answering a question about the policy of the PRC regarding territorial disputes with Japan and a number of other APR countries, the scientist noted that "crises in relations between China and Japan were replaced by warming." “Some warming is possible now with the presence of will on both sides. As, incidentally, with respect to China and other countries, ”said the Deputy Director of the ISAA. According to him, in respect of each of its neighbors, China will pursue a separate policy. In particular, "it is impossible to exclude the improvement of relations with Vietnam, because there is a serious internal political component in a tough foreign policy."

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