Experts believe Abe’s visit will be conducive to the improvement and
development of bilateral ties.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Chinese leaders will meet and
hold talks with Abe during his visit in China.
"I think it is an inevitable result for both sides to repair ties under
the guidance of the two leaders and also in line with common
expectation," said Ruan Zongze, executive vice president and senior
fellow at China Institute of International Studies. "The Japanese side
has shown a positive attitude in relations with China recently, and the
Chinese side has also responded positively, providing a sound atmosphere
for the visit."
Since July last year, President Xi Jinping held multiple bilateral
meetings with Abe on the sidelines of international meetings including
the G20 Summit, the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and the Eastern
Economic Forum, and they have maintained contact.
Premier Li Keqiang paid an official visit to Japan in May, which was the
first by a Chinese premier in eight years and improved bilateral ties
despite the twists and turns of the past.
Recent years have also witnessed increasing people-to-people exchanges
between the two countries, with more than 10 million mutual visits
exchanged in 2017.
In a survey released by China International Publishing Group and Genron
NPO on Oct 11, some 70.4 percent of Chinese respondents and 63.4 percent
of Japanese respondents said they were in favor of the two sides
enhancing cooperation in bilateral and regional affairs.
"All this indicates that the timing for Abe’s visit to China has
matured," Ruan said.
As China and Japan are the world’s second and third largest economies
respectively, economic partnerships will be a major topic during the
visit, according to Gao Hong, an expert on China-Japan ties at the
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
According to the Japanese government, around 500 Japanese business
leaders will accompany Abe to China.
Gao said it showed the willingness of the Japanese economic community to
boost cooperation with China, and the visit was expected to make
substantial contribution to improved bilateral ties.
"The Japanese side has prepared some 60 projects for the visit, of which
more than 30 are expected to be signed and implemented soon. Such
large-scale economic exchange and cooperation activities demonstrate the
high level of mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Japan,"
China-Japan trade volume returned to above the $300 billion level in
Earlier in a written interview with Chinese media, Abe said the
economies of the two countries were inseparable, and China’s economic
development was a huge opportunity welcomed by Japan and the world.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, during the visit, the two
sides will also hold a forum on third-party market cooperation. Analysts
believe that the forum is a chance for the Japanese side to participate
in the Belt and Road.
"Facing the growing trend toward unilateralism and protectionism, China
and Japan have become more urgent in strengthening coordination and
cooperation. Both countries believe that multilateralism and free trade
are in line with both their interests and current trends," Ruan said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said: "Enhancing economic
and trade cooperation between the two countries, which are two major
economies in the world, will not only conform to mutual interests but
also benefit global economy and trade."