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FOCUS: New China Politburo panel member attracts hopes from Japan

  • November 1, 2017
  • , Jiji Press , 10:15 a.m.
  • English Press

Beijing, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press) — One of the five new members of China’s most influential political panel is attracting hopes from Japan for his possible role in improving Japan-China relations.

Wang Yang, vice premier for external trade, was appointed as a fourth-ranking member of the Communist Party of China’s Political Bureau Standing Committee at the party’s once-in-five-years congress, which was held through last week.

Although politicians in China tend to come under fire once they are regarded as pro-Japan, Wang has occasionally made friendly remarks to the neighboring country.

Wang has told Yohei Kono, former speaker of Japan’s House of Representatives, that China’s development until now is due to cooperation from Japan, including from its private sector.

Of the five new politburo standing committee members, Wang is the only one who has interacted proactively with key Japanese figures.

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