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There are clear-cut signs that Chinese and Japanese leaders want to mend fences after the seven month-old row over the Diaoyu-Senkaku islands has plunged bilateral ties to the lowest level since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972.
Masahiko Komura, Vice-President of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and a former foreign minister, is due to visit Beijing next month as head the Japan-China Parliamentary Friendship Association, a group of legislators deemed to be friendly with China.
Earlier this week, former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda – who also has a “China-friendly” reputation, met with President Xi Jinping during the Boao International Forum in Hainan Island.
Other retired dignitaries who have been to China recently included former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who toured Beijing in January.
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