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Wednesday, 29th April 2009
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Japanese premier arrives in Beijing

Taro Aso, the prime minister of Japan, has arrived in the Chinese capital Beijing on an official trip.

During his visit, Mr Aso is due to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabo and president Hu Jintao about how to tackle the global economic downturn.

As well as discussing ways to strengthen economic ties, the leaders could also cover diplomatic issues such as attempts to persuade North Korea to rejoin six-nation talks regarding its nuclear programme.

Akio Takahara, a professor of Chinese politics at the University of Tokyo, said the two nations were already important strategic partners when it comes to economic issues and security.

He told the AFP: "China needs Japan's investment and technologies for its development, especially related to energy efficiency and environmental protection."

Recently, Mr Aso risked controversy by sending an offering to a controversial shrine that honours Japan's 2.5 million war dead, including several war criminals.

Written by Mark Smith