Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe told Abe in early April that he hoped his visit to Beijing would help improve bilateral relations as his main interest in visiting the place. If this can even help just a little to dispel some misunderstandings or areas where there is not enough understanding over territorial and historical issues, then this will be the best thing about his visit. He told this to the Chinese leaders that Prime Minister Abe supported and understood his desire to push city-to-city diplomacy.
The most troublesome bilateral relationship China has is with Japan, which has had complicated ties with China throughout modern history. The two countries have been at peace for nearly seven decades, but there are still many barriers hindering the relationship from moving forward. I suggests that although now China and Japan are engaged in a spat over territorial disputes and historical issues, the two sides must insist on the fact that both are beneficiaries of a comprehensively strategic and mutually beneficial relationship, which is the result of hard work of generations of leadership. This framework is able to serve as a guideline for both sides to resolve their issues.It would be nice if they could develop positive relations at the municipal level between Beijing and Tokyo, in spite of the crap that his happening between the national governments. Improving ties would be a step-by-step process. As long as they doesn't inadvertently say anything offensive, it might just work. The Chinese need to take some steps for sure!