Can Xi and Abe work together on the belt and road, to build better Sino-Japanese relations?

Bob Savic says having recently consolidated their power domestically, both leaders should have a freer hand to cooperate and advance common goals, among them a resolution of the North Korea nuclear stand-off.

China’s 19th Communist Party Congress ended with the inclusion of President Xi Jinping’s name and political thought into the party’s constitution, elevating his status as a leader alongside Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. A few days before, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, already the country’s third-longest-serving political leader, consolidated his position towards becoming the longest serving by winning a new term in office.


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