Abe Announces End of Japanese ODA to China

Politics

Beijing, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday said his government will end official development assistance to China, at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of their peace and friendship treaty.

"China has developed into the world's second-biggest economy. The historic mission (of the ODA) is completed," Abe said at the event in Beijing held after informal talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Abe, the first Japanese prime minister making an official visit to China in about seven years, is slated to hold separate talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Li on Friday.

"I want to discuss an ideal future of Japan-China cooperation to bring it to a new level appropriate in the new era, from a broader perspective and without reservations," Abe said, expressing his wish to stabilize the improving bilateral relations.

Li, who made a speech prior to Abe, said that he welcomes Japan's active participation in Beijing's Belt and Road economic initiative.

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