Japan, China Mend Ties Ahead Of APEC Summit
Japan and China agreed to pursue better diplomatic relations ahead of a major summit in Beijing.By Matt Picht | November 7, 2014
A key diplomatic breakthrough could help thaw the icy relationship between Japan and China. The two nations have agreed to improve relations ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing this weekend.
The text of the four-point agreement, released Friday after months of negotiations, is pretty straightforward: Japan and China will respect the terms of previous agreements, work to build deeper bilateral ties, and avoid conflict escalation.
The key part concerns this small but strategically important chain of islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China.