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Wang Yi offers 5 suggestions on improving China-Japan ties at Beijing-Tokyo Forum (Xu Keyue and Xing Xiaojing, Global Times)

As next year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi offered five suggestions to guide bilateral relations at the 17th Annual Beijing-Tokyo Forum via video in Beijing on Monday. He highlighted the importance of rebuilding mutual trust, upgrading cooperation, managing differences, expanding exchanges and enhancing coordination.

Wang Yi offers 5 suggestions on improving China-Japan ties at Beijing-Tokyo Forum – Global Times

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China Japan Russia

Chinese, Russian warships tackle Japanese close-in recon, ‘display confidence’ in 1st joint sea patrol (Global Times)

A Chinese-Russian naval flotilla tackled external challenges, including close-in reconnaissance by Japanese forces, during the fleets’ first joint sea patrol over the past week.

The seven-day patrol saw the warships circumnavigate Japan by traversing the Sea of Japan, the West Pacific and the East China Sea, transiting several strategically important straits in the process, with Chinese experts saying on Sunday that it displays China and Russia’s firm determination to safeguard international and regional strategic stability and the high confidence in their capabilities of doing so.

Chinese, Russian warships tackle Japanese close-in recon, ‘display confidence’ in 1st joint sea patrol – Global Times

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Japan

Is Kishida a dove or a hawk? (Kazuhiko Togo, East Asia Forum)

Shortly after his victory in the contest for the position of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President, and being sworn in as Japan’s new prime minister, Fumio Kishida dissolved the lower house and called a national election for 31 October. If the LDP retains sufficient power in this election and the July 2022 upper house election, Kishida could lead Japan for at least several years. An important question then for Japan’s future is whether Kishida will remain a dove or follow former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s more hawkish line.

Is Kishida a dove or a hawk? (eastasiaforum.org)

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China Japan Russia

Chinese-Russian task force sails around Japan (Mike Yeo, Defense News)

A joint Chinese-Russian naval armada has sailed around Japan following a joint exercise in the Sea of Japan, sailing through a narrow international waterway between two of Japan’s main islands.

The 10-ship naval task force, split evenly between Chinese and Russian vessels, sailed through the Tsugaru Strait, which runs between the Japanese islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, during their transit from the Sea of Japan into the western Pacific on Oct.18.

Chinese-Russian task force sails around Japan (defensenews.com)

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China Japan USA

Survey shows most Japanese don’t want Tokyo to take sides in China-US rivalry (Xu Keyue, Xing Xiaojing and Zhang Changyue, Global Times)

A poll on China-Japan relations showed that a majority of the respondents in both countries cited US pressure as an obstacle for China-Japan ties amid the backdrop of China-US competition, while more than half of Japanese respondents said their country should not “pick sides,” far exceeding those who preferred to side with the US.

Survey shows most Japanese don’t want Tokyo to take sides in China-US rivalry – Global Times

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China Japan

Chinese Ambassador to Japan proposes four directions for efforts over bilateral ties (Global Times)

As next year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Kong Xuanyou proposed four directions for efforts over the bilateral ties in an interview on Sunday focusing on the current situation and prospects of China-Japan relations under the new situation.

Chinese Ambassador to Japan proposes four directions for efforts over bilateral ties – Global Times

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Japan Russia

Russia-Japan Relations: Were Abe’s Efforts In Vain? (Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center)

One year after the end of Shinzo Abe’s long period of leadership, Japan has a new prime minister once again. The greatest foreign policy challenge the new Japanese government led by Fumio Kishida is facing is the intensifying confrontation between its large neighbor China and its main ally America. In addition to moves to energize the Quad group to which Japan belongs alongside Australia, India, and the United States, U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has concluded a deal with Canberra and London to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines which in future could patrol the Western Pacific close to Chinese shores. The geopolitical fault lines in the Indo-Pacific region are fast turning into frontlines.

Russia-Japan Relations: Were Abe’s Efforts In Vain? – Carnegie Moscow Center – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Japan

Japan launches second Taigei-class submarine, ‘Hakugei’ (Mike Yeo, Defense News)

Japan has launched the second of a new class of diesel-electric submarines exactly one year to the day that the lead boat of the lithium-ion powered series took to the water.

The new submarine, which has been named the Hakugei, or White Whale, was launched at Kawasaki Heavy Industries shipyard in the city of Kobe on Thursday afternoon Japan time. The submarine will now undergo final construction and sea trials before commissioning into the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force or JMSDF, which is planned for March 2023.

Japan launches second Taigei-class submarine, ‘Hakugei’ (defensenews.com)

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Japan Kuril Islands Russia

Diplomat warns Japanese PM’s ultimatums on Kuril Islands delay prospect of solving issue (TASS)

Ultimatum-sounding remarks by Japan’s newly-elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that Tokyo won’t agree to sign a peace treaty with Moscow without settling the territorial issue postpone the prospects of solving this problem, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Diplomat warns Japanese PM’s ultimatums on Kuril Islands delay prospect of solving issue – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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