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(opinion) Bandung spirit sets Japan on right track

2015-04-28 09:10:45       source:Global Times

April 27, 2015

"If the handshake between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year in Beijing during the APEC summit could be considered an icebreaking move, which ended the long frosty period in the Sino-Japanese relationship since Japan's "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands, the encounter of the two leaders in Jakarta on April 22 marks a true thaw.

The first Asian-African Summit in Bandung marked the first official contact between China and Japan after WWII. At that time, then Japanese prime minister Ichiro Hatoyama sent Takasaki Tatsunosuke as head of the Japanese delegation to the conference. Tatsunosuke, who had broken through all kinds of resistance from conservatives both at home and from the US, met with then Chinese premier Zhou Enlai."

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