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PM Abe, outgoing Chinese envoy express hope for improvement of bilateral ties

  • May 7, 2019
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NHK reported online on Tuesday night on a reception held in Tokyo earlier in the evening for outgoing Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua, the longest-serving Chinese ambassador to Japan. The event was attended by some 800 prominent political and business leaders, including Prime Minister Abe and LDP Secretary General Nikai. In his remarks at the party, Abe reportedly noted that his official visit to China last year “fully restored” normal relations between the two countries and that he looks forward to engaging President Xi Jinping in in-depth discussions toward “building a new era” in the bilateral relationship when Xi visits in June for the G20 Osaka Summit. On his part, Cheng was quoted as affirming that bilateral relations are now back to normal “after overcoming their most difficult period following the normalization of diplomatic relations.” He expressed high expectations for the future of the bilateral relationship, saying he is confident that the two countries will open up “new horizons.” Cheng will depart Japan later this month and his successor, Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuangyou, is expected to arrive in late May. TV Asahi and TBS also carried reports on the reception.

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