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Trade war 'pushes rivals China and Japan closer' – on imports, talks and overseas infrastructure

2018-09-20 09:54:58       source:The South China Morning Post

September 19, 2018

China is expected to team up with Japan on infrastructure investment in Southeast Asia, a sign that Beijing’s escalating trade war with Washington is pushing the two Asian rivals closer, according to diplomatic observers and sources.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to visit Beijing next month, where the agenda is expected to include cooperation on agriculture, innovation and infrastructure projects in other countries, particularly along Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor, according to sources familiar with Japan-China relations.

The two nations have long had a strained relationship, with historical animosities stemming from Japan’s wartime occupation of China and an ongoing territorial dispute over a group of islets in the East China Sea, called the Senkakus by Japan and the Diaoyus by China.

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