Why An Icy Handshake Could Mean Progress For China And Japan
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met for the first time Monday at the APEC summit in Beijing.By Sebastian Martinez | November 10, 2014
This icy handshake has a lot of significance for the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region and relations between regional leaders China and Japan. But to get an idea of just how awkward the handshake was, you kind of have to see it in motion.
China's President Xi Jinping met Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the first time on Monday during the APEC summit in Beijing, and the tension was palpable. Just look at Xi's face! (Video via Arirang)
That expression reflects years of mutual provocation and hostility going back to Japanese occupation of China — and atrocities it committed there — during World War II. Most recently, though, most of that tension has focused on one issue.