Japan's new leader is likely to make efforts to heal the frosty relationship with China considering its sluggish economic situation, while China should continue to keep a firm stance in response to potential frictions, analysts said on December 16 as the country held a general election.
Long-lasting political instability Japan's political instability is featured by frequent changes of prime minister. The changes not only lie in conflicts and compromises between different parties, but are also rooted in different factions within a party. It will directly result in policy interruption.
Economic woes The latest economic figures indicate that Japan is sliding into an economic recession. Affected by toppled external demand, particularly declines in European and Chinese markets, Japan's export-reliant economy is suffering great pressure. A strong yen also aggravates the situation.
Diplomatic dilemma Territorial disputes between China and Japan have greatly impacted on bilateral trade as Japan's export to China, its largest trading partner and export market, has tumbled 11.6 percent.
Relations with the United States remain the core of Japan's foreign policies.
After the DPRK blasted off its rocket, the regional situation is more complex. Japan has to seek cooperation with China and South Korea to press the DPRK while it is still at odds with the two countries.
●Abe has emphasized that his party is committed to leading the country out of its economic troubles at the first official press conference.
●Abe has said he will visit the United States soon after he is appointed prime minster, showing his eagerness to improve Japan-US alliance relationship.
●Abe said that his party will improve Japan's relations with China as soon as passible.
We have reason to expect that Abe can use earnestness, courage and wisdom to once again lift Sino-Japanese relations from a low point. This will not only benefit Japan, but also the whole of the Asia-Pacific region.
CNTV commentary:The world wants to see a new Japan after elections Only when the world sees a cool-headed and cooperative Japan can the country ease into the vast network of trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific, the most promising region in the 21st century.
●Although Abe said he would like to improve relations with China and other countries, he added that the Senkaku Islands is Japan's sovereign territory, and he would never change this policy, according to NHK report.
●In a street campaign for the lower-house election on December 2, Abe said the LDP will commit to a strong Japan-US tie to safeguard its sovereignty on territorial disputes with China.
●In a speech in Tokyo on November 26, Abe proposed the necessity to consolidate "defense" of the Diaoyu Islands.
Abe government's attitudes on Sino-Japanese Relations: