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PacNet #59 – Better Japan-China Ties Depend on Beijing

On Sept. 2 when newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko, stated that Japanese-Chinese relations should become “win-win” relations, he expressed his strong intention to improve the countries’ bilateral ties. Since the ugly conflicts over the Senkaku Islands in September last year, Tokyo-Beijing relations have remained strained. The Japanese, however, were heartened by China’s swift offer in March to help the people displaced by the huge earthquake and tsunami, as well as by Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to the devastated site. Nevertheless, according to a recent joint survey by Genron NPO and China Daily, the percentage of Japanese who feel unfavorably toward China has increased from 72 percent in 2010 to 80 percent in 2011.