BEIJING — China’s leadership has begun drafting a new political document meant to guide diplomatic relations with Japan, Nikkei has learned. If negotiations with Tokyo proceed as planned, Beijing expects to sign an official communique marking four decades of peace between the two countries during President Xi Jinping’s first official visit to Japan next year.
Relations between Beijing and Tokyo have had many ups and downs since the Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship was signed in 1978. In it, the two sides vowed to refrain from using force to settle disputes. Sunday marks 40 years since the signing of that treaty.