Xi's Vladivostok trip injects fresh vigor into China-Russia ties, regional cooperation

Pauline Gross
September 14, 2018

However, Putin attempted to seize the initiative on Wednesday, shortly after Abe told a plenary session that it was up to the two of them to finally make progress.

Sitting alongside Abe at an economic forum in the Russian Far East, Putin proposed concluding an unconditional peace treaty by the end of the year.

Japan and the Soviet Union signed a joint declaration aimed at ending wartime hostilities and restoring diplomatic ties in 1956.

Both Moscow and Tokyo claim sovereignty over the islands, known in Russian Federation as the Kurile islands and in Japan as the Northern Territories.

The Russian leader said South Korea is a very important and promising partner for Russia in the Asia-Pacific region, and that he is satisfied by the developments made between the two countries.

"There are deep and complex changes underway in the global situation, the politics of force, unilateral approaches and protectionism are rearing their head", Xi told the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) on Wednesday.

The two also confirmed that Putin will travel to Japan on an official visit next year, Abe said.

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"Both countries are trying to signal: If the United States pushes too far, we are going to move closer to each other", Alexander Gabuev, chairman of the Russian Federation in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center think tank, told the Washington Post.

"It seems to me that this would facilitate the solution of all problems which we have not been able to solve during the past 70 years".

"The Putin-Xi meeting in Vladivostok was "...of far-reaching significance as it cemented mutual trust and friendship and promoted win-win regional cooperation", said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, according to Xinhua.

"This is called trolling". Russian Federation has sovereignty over the islands. "Putin does not expect anything", Georgy Kunadze, a former Russian deputy foreign minister, told AFP news agency, adding that Abe would never accept a deal that would be political suicide for him. "And later we will continue to talk about all of our disagreements as friends on the basis of a peace treaty".

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said a treaty with Russian Federation would be signed "after resolving the issue of the attribution of the Four Northern Islands", referring to the disputed territory.

"This stance hasn't changed", he added.

Abe has proposed making the islands a joint economic zone, which could lead to a settlement.

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