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Japan’s Neighbors Hope to Improve Ties as Suga Succeeds Abe as Prime Minister

By Kyodo News 17 September 2020

TOKYO—Japan’s neighbors, including China, South Korea and Russia, on Wednesday voiced eagerness to improve ties with Tokyo after Yoshihide Suga assumed the post of prime minister, replacing Shinzo Abe, who was regarded as a hawkish conservative.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a congratulatory message to Suga that Beijing and Tokyo should “promote the construction of a relationship that is suitable for the new era,” according to the People’s Daily, the Communist Party of China’s mouthpiece.

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