Japan, China seek warmer ties against backdrop of U.S. trade friction



Linda Sieg | Business Insider

Japan’s prime minister travels to Beijing on Thursday for his first formal bilateral summit with Chinese leaders in seven years as the Asian rivals seek to build on a thaw in ties against the backdrop of trade friction with Washington.

China has stepped up its outreach to Japan and others as it has locked horns over trade with the United States.

Japan, worried about China’s growing naval power, is keen for smooth economic ties with its biggest trading partner. It must manage that rapprochement without upsetting its key security ally, the United States, with which it has trade problems of its own.

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