China tops Japanese diplomatic priority list
[ 2006-11-29 15:03 ]
Shoppers jam the streets in Tokyo's Ginza district.
China topped a list of countries with which the Japanese public most
want to improve relations, according to a
China topped a list of countries with which the
Japanese public most want to improve relations, according to a poll.
The United States was second, followed by South Korea, the Nihon Keizai
China has replaced the US as Japan's top trade partner, as Beijing has
emerged as a global economic
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who came to power in September, has worked
to improve bilateral ties by visiting China and South Korea shortly after
he took office.
The Sino-Japan ties were significantly damaged under former prime
minister Junichiro Koizumi, who repeatedly visited a war shrine in Tokyo,
angering Beijing and Seoul, which refused to hold bilateral summits with
After South Korea, Europe was followed by India, according to the poll.
Russia and the United Kingdom were named as the sixth and seventh
nations with which the Japanese believe Tokyo should put most effort into
The telephone survey was conducted from Friday through Sunday and
received 872 valid