Japanese and Russian leaders meet for bilateral discussions to advance rapprochement

Sep 15, 2018, 03:20
Japanese and Russian leaders meet for bilateral discussions to advance rapprochement

Russia has in recent years surpassed Saudi Arabia as China's largest source of crude oil and Beijing also imports Russian gas and military equipment.

"Shinzo said, 'Let's change our approach".

Putin's offer to settle the Kuril Islands dispute came just two days after he said that the territorial conflict was unlikely to be resolved soon. "We are both fully aware that it will not be easy".

Young people are the future of a country, the future of China-Russia friendship and the future of the world, Xi said, calling on the two countries' youths to enhance communication and mutual learning, and make joint efforts to carry forward the great cause of China-Russia friendship.

Putin and Abe have held numerous meetings over the past few years in a bid to solve the dispute over the islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories.

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Earlier, Putin said security in the region was a key issue and that Russian Federation was concerned by a move to establish a USA missile defence system there.

Mr Xi agreed with Mr Putin on Tuesday that their countries will safeguard global peace and stability as bilateral ties have "entered a new period of higher-level and faster development".

The annual EEF was established by a Decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in 2015 for the goal of encouraging foreign investment in the Russian Far East, which has land borders with China and North Korea, as well as maritime borders with Japan and the US.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking to reporters, described Putin's proposal as an impromptu idea and said the two leaders had not yet discussed it.

Abe smiled at the suggestion.

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Since a year ago, Tokyo and Moscow have also agreed on charter flights for Japanese former island inhabitants to visit family graves there.

He added that Russian Federation and Japan will continue to address all controversial issues as friends based on the peace treaty.

While Moscow has said the drills will not take place on the contested islands, Abe told Putin that Japan is "keeping a close eye on" them, according to Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami quoted by Kyodo.

Bobo Lo, a China Russia relations expert and author of "A Wary Embrace", told CNN that both Putin and Xi have separate reasons for wanting to amplify their relationship.

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